J.J. Watt Rips Mike Lombardi's 'Dumb' Comment on Josh Rosen's Humanitarianism

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 7, 2018

MONACO - FEBRUARY 27:  Winner JJ Watt of the Laureus Sporting inspiration award speaks on stage during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards show at Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo on February 27, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Laureus)
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is addressing some of the recent backlash athletes have received for engaging in real-world issues.

Responding to a tweet from The Nation's Dave Zirin with a quote from The Ringer's Mike Lombardi about quarterback Josh Rosen needing to choose between being a humanitarian or football player, Watt noted the ability to use his fame and platform to help others is an important part of being an athlete:

Fox News host Laura Ingraham used the term "shut up and dribble" during the Feb. 15 episode of The Ingraham Angle in response to LeBron James criticizing President Donald Trump in an interview with ESPN's Cari Champion. 

Lombardi's comment from the March 5 episode of The Ringer's GM Street podcast was that after talking to people in the league that Rosen "might like humanitarian work more than football...nothing wrong with that, but I don't know where his values really lie."

Bill Simmons said Zirin misquoted Lombardi and took the comments out of context:

Watt was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 for helping to raise more than $37 million in disaster relief funds from Hurricane Harvey. 

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