First let me preface this by saying I am a Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan, so you might dismiss what I am about to say because you think I'm a bitter Cavs fan too. I'm not, when I was younger I lived in Seattle and became a Sonics fan, so I think I am pretty neutral when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron's decision last night.
What does this have to do with Larry Fitzgerald? It's about comments he has made on LeBrons decision. Comments that reveal a side of him I would have never expected.
For years now Fitz has been one of the NFL's best wide receivers, and most respected players. He not only has talent, but he does and says all the right things. As far as athletes go these days he's a rarity, an intelligent, hardworking player who does what it takes to get the job done and be one of the best.
Unfortunately people have him all wrong, he's just another superstar athlete who is out for himself. His few comments on the LeBron situation proved that. Saying basically LeBron shouldn't be the bad guy to Cavs fans and owner Dan Gilbert. Maybe if he would've pointed out there were better ways to leave town than an ego-driven, hour-long special I would feel differently. Or better yet if he pointed out it's okay for an athlete to leave his team, but he shouldn't make promises he doesn't intend to keep (As LeBron did in 2006 when he said "I don't want to go ring-chasing...I want to stay with the Cavs and build a champion"). Fitzgerald added neither.
As expected he didn't say anything that could obviously get him in trouble with fans, but the underlying message was there: If he had the opportunity to leave the team that drafted him and made him what he is today, he would probably take it. While it wouldn't be with the buildup and fanfare LeBron got, but it would be a similar unexpected blow to the fans.
Larry has been one of my favorite non-Browns in the league for awhile now. I thought he had the character to match his game, I don't feel that anymore. So watch out Cardinals fans, if you think Larry is different, if you think he is special, you may just be setting yourself up for a major disappointment. Larry Fitzgerald may do to you what LeBron James did to the Cavs.
This may sound completely irrational to some of you, many people may not agree, but this is the feeling I got today.