Vince Young Gets Some Bill Cosby-esque Advice

Jason Whitlock, award-winning FOXSports.com and Kansas City Star columnist, says ” I-told-you-so” regarding Vince Young’s recent difficulties. In the process, he makes some cogent and thought-provoking comments not unlike Bill Cosby’s remarks about black families a few years ago that apply well beyond the insulated universe of the NFL:

I’m not surprised Vince Young tried to quit in the middle of Sunday’s game after throwing a second interception and hearing boos from Titans fans frustrated by his inability to read a defense or throw accurately. I’m not all that shocked that two days later Jeff Fisher called the police and asked them to hunt down his inconsistent quarterback. I’m not surprised the Titans team psychologist is apparently worried that Vince Young is suffering depression.

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The question is, when Young rebounds from his emotional abyss and recovers from his knee injury, what kind of love and support are we going to give him? Are the people who already love Young going to replant their heads in Young’s rear end and their hands in his wallet? Or will a few people within Team Vince do the right thing and level with him about what he needs to do to make it in the NFL as a quarterback?

Vince Young, like a lot of young African-American men, desperately needs to hear the truth from the people who love him. Too often we pave the road to failure for black boys by believing the cure for bigotry — and there is still plenty of bigotry in America — is the ability to recognize it in (and blame it for) everything. That cure has more negative side effects than most of the drugs trumpeted by the pharmaceutical companies in television commercials. That cure serves as a convenient crutch, and turns a talent such as Vince Young into a quitter the moment adversity strikes. That cure helped land Michael Vick in jail.

He goes on to discuss the contrary example of Donavan McNabb, who “understands that the best way to combat it isn’t whining. It’s performance. It’s work ethic. It’s professionalism.” Whitlock then expands his critique beyond Young, saying, “As black people, we need to ask ourselves whether we are doing a good job preparing our boys for positions of immense leadership, responsibility and scrutiny.”

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Comments

  1. Grewgills says:

    Can someone fill me in on why Vince Yong’s problems are supposed to stem from the color of his skin? I did not see in the linked articles Young blaming all/most of his troubles on race. Did I miss it, or was it somewhere else, or was it just assumed that’s what he was doing?

    Vince Young, like a lot of young African-American men, desperately needs to hear the truth from the people who love him.

    Could be just as appropriately rephrased, “Vince Young, like a lot of young American athletes, desperately needs to hear the truth from the people who love him.”

  2. G.A.Phillips says:

    Could be just as appropriately rephrased, “Vince Young, Could be just as appropriately rephrased, “Vince Young, like a lot of young American athletes, desperately needs to hear the truth from the people who love him.”

    or “like a lot of young Americans”

  3. Jim Henley says:

    White people praising Jason Whitlock for badmouthing black people not named Jason Whitlock is creepy.

  4. Dodd says:

    White people praising Jason Whitlock for badmouthing black people not named Jason Whitlock is creepy

    If Whitlock was bad mouthing VY, or anyone was praising him for doing so, that response would make sense. Since neither applies, however….

  5. Moonbat Boy says:

    Too often we pave the road to failure for black boys by believing the cure for bigotry — and there is still plenty of bigotry in America — is the ability to recognize it in (and blame it for) everything.

    1st commenter beat me to it but what do this guys problems have to do with race? Oh I forgot – everything has to do with race.

  6. Jim Henley says:

    If Whitlock was bad mouthing VY, or anyone was praising him for doing so, that response would make sense.

    Dodd, you know this blog has standards, right?

  7. sam says:

    How come this post is here and not on OTB Sports?

  8. Dodd says:

    Dodd, you know this blog has standards, right?

    I still don’t understand your reaction. I found the piece interesting and thought others would, as well. If you believe Mr. Whitlock is in error, by all means say so and explain why. But, since I am not praising Mr. Whitlock for doing something he isn’t doing (‘bad-mouthing VY;’ the piece is clearly offering constructive criticism), your personal attacks on me for posting it are inoperative.

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