What IS the lesson we should learn?
So as I'm sure everyone has noticed, post counts have been down recently. Many have speculated as to the cause. Some theories have been postulated: has it been a slow Cal news week? Busy work week? Was Rishi's bad case of diahrretic typography finally cured when a coworker poured Maalox on his keyboard? Did Carp's boss find him posting pictures which he deemed TFFW (Too Fappable For Work)? No, no, no, and mercifully, no.
No, the reason posts have been down is because we're all avoiding CGB because we know, sooner or later, there is an uncomfortable topic we all have to discuss.
I'm pregnant. And stegosaurus is the father.
Ok, no, seriously. What we all need to talk about is that the real BeastMode, the original Marshawnthusiast, the Black Brett Favre, the only guy to win the Daytona 500 using an injury cart powered by his own legs Flintstones-style, has been arrested on charges of illegally owning a loaded firearm. [Sidenote for our many competent, well-meaning, friendly CGB lawyers, and Twist: I don't intend for this post to be centered around the legal minutiae of the situation. I purely want to discuss morality as it relates to sports and athletes. Let's not get bogged down with latin terms and whether the "cop" "allegedly" "smelled" "blunt wrap" and found a "gun" in a "car" that "may" or "may not have" belonged to "Marshawn."]
So, ignoring the potential legal outcomes of the case, Marshawn WAS found to have a loaded gun in an unlicensed car with a bunch of already-smoked pot. My question is: what do we now think of Marshawn? Even though no one was hurt or killed, no money was stolen, and women with names like Shenaenae Buttkins and LaKrystelle St. Claire were not involved, Marshawn has, for the second time, found himself in a very, very shady situation. He had a weapon capable of issuing a violent, bloody death despite having graduated from our beloved Alma Mater, being financially solvent even in the most conservative of terms, and generally thought of as an upstanding citizen. What does it say about Cal when a local product and team leader is dabbling in feloniousness not once, but TWICE in a year?
Do you subscribe to the Charles Barkley school of thought?: "I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids..." Parenting is ultimately the job of the parents, right? Buffalo fans should be able to explain to their children the error of Marshawn's ways, remind him that he's just a running back for a sports team, and that they should aspire to be like him only as he is on the field, right?
Price of admission to the Barkley School of Thought: your soul. And BIG TITTIES awww yeaaa.
Or do you think athletes and public figures SHOULD be model citizens, since sports is inherently attractive to children, a la Bill Cosby? Athletes that are seen on TV by millions weekly surely have a significant amount of power simply by media presence alone. With power comes responsibility, right? A parent can tell their 7 year old kid with the Marshawn poster on his wall a thousand times not to do drugs or hang out with the wrong crowd, but when he's with his friends, who is he going to want to emulate: the librarian or the ghostriding thizz faced running back who brings a gleam to the eyes of an entire city every time he scores a touchdown?
Honestly, I don't know. I'm grateful things weren't worse. Drugs and loaded weapons are a foul tasting cocktail. I honestly hope Marshawn really does clean up his act and stops hanging around with the West Oakland homeboys, but in all honesty I don't expect it. I'm not ashamed that he went to Cal; but I sure am ashamed at his conduct after graduation, and I hope to hell he manages to stay out of trouble for the rest of his career.
So what will it be, CGB: are you a Barkleyite or a Cosbyist? Should we ever wear our Lynch jerseys again?