Originally Posted by Cochise
I liked him as a player, definitely, I was saying that because I often wonder when we see people on this site beat up on Michael Vick or Pacman Jones or Heath Ledger just the other day... I often wonder if people would have the same exact reaction if these guys were Chiefs or were star players who were well liked.
We haven't really had any examples, Larry Johnson hit a woman, but I wouldn't say he's especially well liked as Chiefs players go. Jared Allen screwed up with his DWIs, and there were some people who said trade him, but to his credit he's cleaned up his act.
It seems like when it's someone else, we all want to string them up, but when it's one of our own we just refuse to believe that they can be human, and sometimes people are just not good people.
I cant think of the term off the top of my head (from psychology) that goes with this well. The action that occurs during placement of blame (by you) on others or your self typically goes like this: When it is you, external forces caused it; when it is another person, internal forces (from them) caused it. An example being when you are late often to work, it was the traffics fault, or the weathers fault, not that you didnt get up earlier and get out of the house sooner. If somebody else at your place of work is late often, it is because they are lazy, or slobs, and just cant get motivated enough to come to work on time...
The point is we pass judgement on these people without knowing dick about their lives... for all we know Joe Phillips could have had a mental breakdown and may not even literally be the same person. Perhaps he suffered trauma to his brain after years of football and causes him to split personalities and have fugue episodes, or other such occurences, that we, some what healthy minded individuals cannot and most likely will not experience.