Hard To Understand Tanard JacksonJuly 10th, 2014
Yes, when Joe was in college, he enjoyed a beer now and then (ahem). And on occasions, perhaps a cocktail or two. This may come as a shock to some readers.
But Joe also knew he was in college for a reason; paying tuition out of his own wallet for a reason. And it wasn’t to be a lush. Joe was there to get an education and improve his life and hopefully set himself up in a field that he wanted to make a living in.
So pardon Joe if he just doesn’t understand how guys like former Bucs safety Tanard Jackson literally p!ssed down the toilet untold tens of millions of dollars, enough money to set himself up for life and even set up his future grandchildren, if not his immediate family, all totally thrown away because he couldn’t put down a bong (allegedly).
Yesterday was maybe the last straw the NFL had for Jackson, who again was popped for using drugs of some sort (Joe has lost count by now), and very likely has played his last snap of NFL football as a result. It is just mind-boggling to Joe. He truly doesn’t understand how someone willingly would throw away so much cash and financial security just so he could get the munchies and scarf down large bags of Doritos.
It seems the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, is equally bewildered, taking to Twitter to scold the former Bucs player who was on the cusp of stardom when he was first suspended during what was to have been his contract year.
Tanard Jackson, you’ve got to be kidding. No wonder you fell to the fourth round of the 2007 draft. Those red flags at Syracuse were legit
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) July 10, 2014
It is sad to the point that Joe has little to no sympathy for Jackson and others of his ilk. Now if a guy with little to no money with modest means cannot afford to get help and has some addiction, Joe feels for the guy. Jackson was earning a great living and had all the options available to him as a result of playing in the NFL.
The NFL and the players union bends over backwards to help players when they have an issue that requires help. You don’t think owners, who have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in a player, don’t want to see him on the field? Players who don’t take advantage of those resources, and who still cannot put the bong down, well, in Joe’s eyes, they made their own bed.