Commanders' Terry McLaurin Talks Benefits of Therapy After Brian Robinson's Shooting

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 29, 2022

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Washington Commanders wide receiver spoke to reporters on Monday about the shooting of teammate and running back Brian Robinson, expressing his relief that the injuries he suffered weren't life-threatening.

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"B-Rob is just somebody who has come in here and fit in right away," McLaurin said. "Just the way his personality is infectious. The way he decides to come to work. Always asking to see what he can do better. He's kinda been someone I've been able to mentor a little. My main concern was just is he going to be OK, not football at all. And once we found out that it was non-life-threatening injuries, I just started praying for him, his recovery, not just physically but mentally."

McLaurin also told reporters he started going to therapy in recent years, which has helped him cope with difficult situations within the organization, such as the death of former teammate Dwayne Haskins in April:

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Terry McLaurin described his emotions about what's happened the last couple years, including Haskins' death. "I've benefitted from seeing a therapist... Makes the load a lot lighter when you don't feel like you're carrying it alone." Said a need to always show grace, empathy.

Last week, McLaurin spoke about the pressures that come with being a professional athlete.

"It's tough because I feel like people assume you have it all figured out," he told Ben Standig of The Athletic. "You've reached the pinnacle. Everything we do will always be in the public eye, and you have to understand that."

"I think the toughest part is what people forget: We're still human at the end of the day," he added. "We put our pants on one leg at a time like everyone else. The only difference is we take losses, and we take our struggles ... in the public eye. You would like to think that people would be more courteous. At the same time, it's the life that you live as well."

Dealing with those pressures—combined with the tragedies the team has faced and the question marks surrounding Daniel Snyder and the ongoing investigation into his ownership and the workplace conduct under his watch—has made for a stressful year in the nation's capital.

The shooting of the 23-year-old Robinson, and the emotional aftermath of that scary situation, was the latest piece of adversity for the team's players, coaches and front office.

"I just let them know it's a somber day and we expected it to be a tough day so just hang in there," Rivera said he told the team while speaking to reporters. "They rallied and practiced pretty doggone good. They were able to focus. I know their hearts are heavy right now because a lot of them are thinking about Brian. But we're very fortunate, he's very fortunate that a lot of the news is positive."

Robinson was hospitalized after being shot multiple times in what was described as a "carjacking or armed robbery attempt" by Metro Police Department director of communications Dustin Sternbeck.

One bullet hit him in the leg, while another struck his glute. Police have identified and are seeking two potential suspects in the incident.

It is unclear if Robinson will be able to play this season, though Washington's players and coaches were focusing on the bigger picture.

"It's sobering for sure," quarterback Carson Wentz told reporters. "This is real life. Things could have been a lot worse. It takes you away from football real quick. These are real-life issues and we're not immune to it. ... To have moments like that, that are unrelated to football gives you a sense of reality and makes you understand a much bigger picture and that there are more important things in life."


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