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Perhaps sometimes we forget how young some of these individuals are. But with that notwithstanding, the coach might need to sit down with somebody . . .
Darron Lee is only 22-years-old.
But regardless of his age, there has been some unusual stuff going on in his world recently, and the coach might need to have a chat.
A few things to get into here.
“Jets linebacker Darron Lee was still reeling on Monday from what he describes as a bar beatdown he endured over the weekend in his home state of Ohio,” wrote Brian Costello today. “The team’s 2016 first-round draft pick streamed on Periscope, sporting a fresh bruise under his right eye — an archived version of the video has since been deleted from Twitter — to describe the moment an anonymous man allegedly jumped him as he was attempting to leave a Columbus bar Saturday night.”
“Midway from the exit of the bar, I get hit and tackled simultaneously,” Lee said in a video. “Have no idea who it was. I wasn’t in an argument with anybody. I hadn’t said a word to anybody. Just leaving the bar to go home, and I get punched and tackled. I have no idea by whom. To this very moment I have no idea by whom. Don’t care.”
In an unrelated matter, Lee got into a Twitter fight on January 27, and had this to say to a critic.
“Don’t tell me to go work on my game when you still work at Chipotle bruh,” Lee tweeted.
Not a great idea to get into Twitter fights like this and also insult vocations.
And this initial tweet led to some political discourse.
“White people you can say nay nay all you want but still don’t mean you understand us,” Lee tweeted.
“Talk to your own kind homie – my kind didn’t ask for this bleep,” Lee tweeted.
Obviously some people on Twitter tweeted thing at Lee he didn’t care for, and these were some of his responses, but these tweets were probably far from ideal.
He’s young and bright, so he will probably learn to avoid this stuff.
And today he tweeted, “Ay y’all what does it mean when someone close to you “says get the chip off your shoulder” ??????”
Too much going on here, wouldn’t you say?
We will see what the police investigation determines about that Columbus bar incident, but it doesn’t pass the smell test.
As for all this social media activity, Bowles needs to sit down with Lee and get him to chill out. Nothing good is going to come from the way he’s handling Twitter.
And the bottom line is, he didn’t have a very good rookie year, and his energy needs to be focused on improving, not on this tertiary stuff.
I’m not saying Lee can’t be a very good NFL player. He has a world of potential – he’s fast and tough. But his rookie year was underwhelming.
Bowles needs to get his head straight.
Too many distractions.
February 7, 2017
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