Michael Bennett, who will be honored for his activism and community outreach at The Inaugural Athletes for Impact Awards on Monday night. The awards ceremony in Los Angeles commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised gloved fists to protest racial inequality in the United States.
I take issue with criticism of Terrell Owens for not attending his Hall of Fame induction, choosing instead to host fans at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. If you could celebrate this special moment at your alma mater, with as many friends and family in attendance as you’d like, rather than attending a ceremony in Canton with limited accommodation for family and friends and the awkwardness of hobnobbing with the journalists who for some reason are the lone gatekeepers to the Hall of Fame, wouldn’t you?
In non-cornerback news, last week was a stunningly bad one for the NFL. Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is being sued for sexual assault by two separate women. Bills running back LeSean McCoy is embroiled in a bizarre home invasion incident. Onetime Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been charged with multiple sexual assaults. Sherman’s former Seahawks teammate Brandon Browner was charged with attempted murder and several other crimes. Former SI.com NFL editor Melissa Jacobs chronicled all the bad news in one biting tweet, and the response was eye-opening. A few years ago, when I started covering the NFL, a post like that would have floated without much pushback from anybody. But Jacobs’s mentions blew up with people pointing out the good being done by NFL players.