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November 6, 2013

ROOT: When everyone gets a trophy ...

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Do we feel sorry for this player? I can empathize with him because my shyness attracted jerks in my school days. But that was when I was a kid. If a professional athlete cannot discuss these kinds of issues with his coaches, then who do we blame? The coaches? The player who would not talk to his coaches?

Expect more of these kinds of stories as the younger generations start to grow up and enter the real world. Kids today are not given the tools necessary to cope with the Richie Incognitos of the world. Obviously, the victim offensive lineman allowed Incognito to establish a pattern of abuse that has led to this.

Am I blaming the victim here? No. I am just saying that this lineman is not the first young player that Incognito has played with — but he is the first young player to just get up and walk out on his team because Incognito is a jerk. He went home and now he doesn’t want to play anymore.

For people my age, this is really hard to understand. It is sad on so many levels and it isn’t over. Not by a very long shot.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and professional jerk. His column is published every Wednesday and can be read during your lunch hour. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net, but he won't answer if you are mean.

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