I am sure by now most, if not all of you, have heard about Washington Redskins' kick returner Brandon Banks getting stabbed outside a D.C. nightclub on Saturday Morning.
Though few details about the incident have been released, what has been said is that Banks was trying to break up an altercation between a friend of his and the alleged suspect (who is now in custody) in the stabbing.
It was also reported on Sunday that Banks' wounds were superficial and he would be released from the hospital later that day. As of writing this, Banks is still in the hospital and is expected to be released today.
With the sketchiness of the reports of Banks' wounds, which originated from his agent along with the details of the altercation, I don't know how much of the stabbing that's been reported is true.
I don't think Banks went out looking for a fight or anything like it that evening. In fact, his last tweets (possibly ever, since he's closed his Twitter account) were that the club was pretty boring.
Chances are Banks was out with his childhood buddies from North Carolina and just wanted to show them a good time. Maybe he or his buddies were showing off a bit too much and attracted the attention of this assailant.
Here I'm reminded of a quote from CBS's How I Met Your Mother where the main character says, "Kids my mother always said 'nothing good ever happens after 2:00AM, just go home.'"
Should athletes keep a lower profile when going out to the clubs?
That wisdom seems to hold a lot of truth. It seems whenever an athlete (be it Banks, Big Ben, Plex) finds trouble or trouble finds them, it's in those wee hours of the morning.
I don't put all the blame on the athletes mostly because they're young guys with money—shoot young guys without money are at these same clubs.
However, the mixing of the haves and have-nots along with alcohol is never a good thing. Personally, I think this has a lot to do with the changing of the times.
Back in the golden age of baseball (1920s-1960s) a ball player, let's say Micky Mantle, could go to any bar he chose and pretty much never pay for a drink.
He'd enter the bar or club and all eyes would be on him. Just about every girl in the joint wanted to be on his arm, and every guy wanted to buy him a drink. Shoot, a guy could be with a girl giving Mick the eye and that guy would still buy Micky a drink.
However, that isn't the case anymore. More so now, guys at bars and clubs don't look at athletes with awe.
It seems that a lot of these guys look at athletes with bitterness and jealousy, and when one comes into the club that this person frequents, it down right pisses them off.
After all, we've seen an increase in athletes, as well as celebrities, carrying handguns and bringing security when they go out.
They do this because they or a teammate have been approached by people who don't appreciate them coming around and stealing all of the attention.
My thought has always been "if you feel you need a gun to be safe in a place, then you probably shouldn't be there at all", (especially after 2:00AM).
But like I said, these guys are young and have money, and all they want is a good time.
However, in the midst of their good time they don't seem to want to turn the other cheek.
Some guy wanting to prove he's a "big dog" might approach the athlete and start running his mouth.
Here I'm reminded of a near incident with Michael Irving when he was at Miami University. He was at a club and was approached by a couple of gang members.
Irving, not wanting to look like a punk, started talking back to the gang members. Luckily for Irving, a teammate of his recognized the man Irving was talking to and backed Irving away from a possible life threatening fight.
I'm not saying this is what went down for Banks. Until told otherwise, I'll believe that he was trying to defuse a situation before it got out of hand. Unfortunately for he and his friend, it did get out of hand.
I am not going to write that athletes shouldn't go out and have fun (especially during the offseason), however I will caution them that if they find themselves out at a club after 2:00AM, maybe they should just go home.
The Washington Post is reporting that surveillance footage from outside the club show that Brandon Banks and his friend Christopher Nixon may have started the fight outside the club.
According to the Post, an argument took place outside and the suspect pulled a knife. That's when Nixon punched the man.
A bouncer stepped in and the suspect reached over the bouncer slashing at Nixon and Banks.
So once again, if it's after 2:00AM, just go home.
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