The injured diva receiver for the hapless Giants posted a video which he claims demonstrates a double standard for the way he is treated after a sideline rant versus how Tom Brady is treated. For those dimwits who don't understand (i.e. everyone on ESPN's SportsNation yesterday, one of who subtlety threw the race card while the other three nodded knowingly), this is why they are treated differently:
- In general, the quarterback is the leader and the voice of the offense. It is in his job description to tell the other players what to do, emphatically if necessary. A large percentage of wide receivers are selfish divas who usually open their mouths just to complain about their individual stats. For them to inject their selfish complaints into the in-game process is just unnecessary, distracting noise.
- Specific to these two players: Brady has 18 years of experience and is the winningest quarterback of all time, including five championships. It is impossible to deny that the team wins because of Brady. Yes, he yells at teammates and coaches once in a while, then 78% of the time they win the game. The diva receiver's team has won 44% of the games in which he has played.
Last year, the only season the Giants have been any good during the diva's four years, he was widely criticized for his actions leading up to the team's playoff game. Then after he came up small during that game, a 38-13 loss, the New York Post described him as a sobbing mess. In that article, the diva's own teammate threw him under the bus: "Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas, a team captain who is close with Beckham, actually said the moment on Sunday 'might have been too much’ for Beckham." Astounding.
The diva receiver's biggest accomplishment was in a game three years ago that the Giants lost, a one-handed catch. Look at South Dakota State highlights and you'll see tight end Dallas Goedert doing that every week.
Piling on with a few more numbers: In the playoffs, Brady has 9,094 yards passing for 63 touchdowns, another 6 touchdowns rushing, team record 25-9 with five Super Bowl championships. The diva's playoff record is four catches for 28 yards, three dropped passes, and an 0-1 team record. This year, Brady has 3,632 yards passing (leads league) with 26 touchdowns and a team record of 10-2 (leads league). Diva has 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns with a team record of 0-4 with him and 2-6 since he got injured. Is this video just a narcissistic cry for attention as he languishes unnoticed on the injured list?
On one hand we have the most accomplished on-field leader in NFL history. On the other we have a selfish diva on a team that loses most of the time, and the one time he had a chance to shine in a playoff game he fell flat on his face. Apparently that meets L.Z. Granderson's definition of a race-based double standard.