Caught in the divorce of between WR DeSean Jackson and the LA Rams

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The trouble with being a loyal football fan of the LA Rams is that emotional hurricane that sheers the emotional support for the players with any trade, waiver, or acquisition. Whenever the team adds a new player, or when that same organization parts ways with a player, it becomes emotional hell for fans. To the team, it’s all business. Just like an investment broker, the organization is buying low and selling high, all the while attempting to build the most capable and respected roster in the NFL.

But what about the fans?

Like children in a messy and immature divorce, fans are almost always compelled to choose sides, forced to abandon all logic, and express copious amounts of emotional support for the team. That means that many fans go the opposite route against the player. The first step is to ostracize them. Then the clannish need to ridicule them, berating them on social media. For those that do not? They risk their own harsh treatment on social media.


There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy, there’s only you and me and we just disagree

It doesn’t make sense, does it? I mean, why bash a player who just a few short weeks ago we cheered with all that we have in us? Why bash a fan of the team that doesn’t bash the player just traded or cut? If the NFL business is just business, then there is no reason to manufacture reasons for a trade or release. There are no reasons to create ‘he’s a locker room cancer’ narratives. The guy wants to play. I hope that he gets the chance.

We’ve been programmed to remain loyal to the team. But there is that ‘business is business’ component again. To some, it’s an easy thing to change supporting a player instantly. But for others, who have no stopcock over their emotions, it’s a hard thing to do.

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So veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson wants to contribute more? It was how the LA Rams constructed his contract. He is paid for performance, so why be angry with a player who wants to perform? If you agree to pay your son or daughter to clean out the garage, what sense does it make to lock the garage? I mean, that’s what we are talking about here.