J.J. Watt blasts reporter for saying Josh Rosen has to pick football or charity work wholesale authentic jerseys
J.J. Watt had some strong words for The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi.
According to The Nation’s Dave Zirin, Lombardi said former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen will have to choose between being a football player or a humanitarian. Zirin noted Lombardi said, Rosen “might like humanitarian work more than football. … I don’t know where his values lie.”
That didn’t sit well with Watt, who recently raised more than $37 million to help the people in Houston after Hurricane Harvey struck the city last year.
“This is just as dumb as the “shut up and dribble” comment. Right or wrong, athletes are some of the most recognizable people in this country. That is an extremely powerful platform that so many use to do great things in their community. Who wouldn’t want that?” Watt posted on Twitter.
Interestingly, the NFL has the Walter Payton award specifically for humanitarian efforts, essentially encouraging players to give back to the community.
The controversy surrounding players sticking to just sports has escalated recently and hit a fever pitch when Fox News host Laura Ingraham said LeBron James should not talk politics and instead “shut up and dribble.”
James responded to the comments saying he wouldn’t be quiet and will continue to bring awareness to social injustice.
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Watch J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson on practice field
J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson have been busy rehabbing this offseason, posting updates of their progress in the training room. The two Texans stars even seem to be on similar timetables, recently posting videos of running for the first time on anti-gravity treadmills.
On Thursday, Watt posted the milestone on their road to recovery, a video of the duo running on the Houston Methodist practice field.
This is great news for Texans fans as OTAs (organized team activities) are just around the corner. Last season, Watt underwent leg surgery after suffering a tibial fracture plateau on Oct. 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Watson, who started six games as a rookie quarterback, is working his way back from his November ACL surgery.
Player report for Phase One of Offseason Workouts in April.
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J.J. Watt Announces Charity Softball Game Postponed For 2018, Back In 2019
In the movie Jerry Maguire, there’s a funny scene in which an NFL player is on Roy Firestone’s interview show on ESPN, a 1996 television staple, and the player is crying, literally crying, that people “don’t realize the pressure that playing for $37 million comes with.” It’s a hilarious scene, watching a player wallow in a complete lack of self awareness while making as poignant a statement as possible. I mean…. you’re right… NO, almost none of us know what that’s like, player. Tell us!
I may have the amount wrong that the player indicated in that scene, but I use $37 million because I feel like that is a touch-point number here in Houston. Not only is it the amount of guaranteed money for which Brock Osweiler signed in 2016, but it’s also roughly the amount of money J.J. Watt raised for Hurricane Harvey victims last year.
You could argue Brock had a similar experience to that blubbering football player on Roy Firestone’s show. Unfortunately, J.J. Watt got a little taste this past week of the reality that RAISING $37 million comes with unwanted scrutiny and questions, as well. In case you missed it, here’s how it went…
It started with a Twitter announcement from Texans PR that Watt had won an award in Monaco for his fundraising efforts, the next in a long line of well deserved honors and accolades for the Texans defensive end:
This tweet is s shame for two reasons. First and foremost, Watt has gone out of his way to be as up front and informative as possible on where all of the money is and will be going. He himself has been in on meetings to determine where to funnel the millions of dollars raised, and has proactively put out videos and done interviews to explain as much.
I mean, no disrespect @kimsbow, but use Google. Yeesh.
The other reason why @kimsbow’s tweet was unfortunate was the nearly immediate Twitter mob there to begin pummeling her with a Twitter lynching. Examples….
So, the lesson here is, if you’re going to ask questions on Twitter, especially questions skeptical of J.J. Watt’s integrity, be prepared for a Twitter firestorm.
One other Watt-related charity announcement came over the weekend directly from Watt in response to a question about his charity softball game, which has emanated from Minute Maid Park for two years running (Constellation Field for its first few seasons before that). It appears as though there will be no J.J. Watt Charity Classic in 2018:
ON a completely selfish note, this bums me out, for two reasons — one, I think Watt’s softball game is possibly the most fun, inclusive, well planned charity event in the city. Second, this game is where I’m usually able to get at least three or four hot takes on the Texans — past hot takes include “Brock Osweiler wearing a cowboy hat, trying way too hard to fit in, he will fail” and “Man, Duane Brown is moving well for a guy who blew a quad five months ago!” —- and now that’s out the window.
So hopefully, it’s back and bigger than ever in 2019. In the meantime, let’s leave you with some life advice from one Justin James Watt…