On October 3, 2013 I celebrated my wedding anniversary. It was also the date that the Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe. To land Monroe, the Ravens sent fourth- and fifth-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The costs for Monroe would continue to climb.
Following his first partial season with the Ravens, Monroe became an unrestricted free agent. Few potential suitors came knocking on his Columbia, MD door. Eventually the Ravens and Monroe reached an agreement on a 5-year, $37.5 million deal, $17.5 million of which was guaranteed.
In exchange for the guaranteed money, Monroe gave the Ravens 17 games and he was eventually cut loose by the Ravens during the summer of 2016 when he spent more time promoting medical marijuana than he did refining his craft.
Today, Monroe is on a crusade to convince the NFL to replace opioids with medical marijuana as the league’s preferred pain suppressant. And along the way, Monroe has chosen to throw his former boss under the boss.
— Eugene Monroe (@MrEugeneMonroe) August 4, 2017
What a great way to thank an organization that paid this rather average Tackle over $1,000,000 for each of his 17 days of work.
I respect Monroe’s cause.
The man, not so much.
He owes John Harbaugh an apology.
Say You’re Sorry
Speaking of apologies, Colin Kaepernick should start preparing one (please don’t consult your girlfriend) if he wants to find work in the NFL.
Before you get all up in arms, I don’t fault Kaepernick’s cause. Police brutality is an ugly thing and I get that the intent of his actions was to bring attention to the problem in order to collectively seek a peaceful solution. But you don’t fight the establishment by insulting them.
If you want to encourage your wife to improve her conditioning, you don’t reason with her by saying she’s “fat”. By wearing socks depicting policemen as pigs, Kaepernick acted like the foolish husband, and the result was counterproductive.
Kaepernick doesn’t have to apologize for his cause. He should however, apologize for the way he promoted the cause. Such a public apology would ease tensions, open resisting minds and bring attention to the cause in a productive way.
You know the media would be all over such an apology and laud the former 49er. In doing so, the possibility for Kaepernick to exact change would improve dramatically, as would his opportunities as a quarterback in the National Football League.
And then, everyone wins…