By LARRY VAUGHT
Incoming freshman defensive lineman Justin Rogers continues to impress me with such maturity for an athlete his age.
About two weeks ago he offered to set up media interviews after his school year in Michigan finished. I had already reached out to him and he called me exactly at the designated time he gave me — and was a great interview. I shared a lot of his comments/insights the past few days, including the ones about how he plans to be fan friendly.
However, he’s not doing interviews right now — but he gave a very mature reason why on Twitter Monday.
“I will be canceling the rest of my interviews until a later date. I feel as if it’s insensitive of me to continue doing interviews when they’re bigger issues going on right now. I hope BBN can stand with me! I apologize for getting anyone’s hopes up! #BlackLivesMatter￼,” Rogers tweeted.
He apologized for deciding to follow his heart at a time when it is heard to concentrate on sports. First it was COVID-19. Now it is the political unrest.
“Being an athlete has to come last in times like this. I hope the rest of my peers and teammates can agree.I’m a black man in America first, this is personal,” Rogers posted on Twitter.
He also was wise enough to understand his words/stance would not be popular with everyone but made it clear he’s sticking to what he believes.
“I will not support or tolerate any negativity being said about what’s going right now! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However this is my page. If you DO NOT agree with me or have anything negative to say please unfollow me,” he posted on Twitter.
He’s right. Everyone should be able to have their own opinion — and there certainly are a lot of opinions out there right — and he’s as entitled to his as anyone else.