Steve Smith donates to Aurora victims, but he's still a bad guy ... right?
August 1, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
STEVE SMITH was one of those decisions we had already made, like when you pick out a new appliance or repaint your kitchen. You do it, and you move on -- and whatever you do, you don't look back. That's how we treat famous sports people. We make a decision on their character and we move on. Joe Paterno, for example, is good.
Steve Smith, wide receiver of the Panthers? He's a typical trash-talker with an atypical mean streak, having clocked two Carolina teammates at practice -- one in 2002, another in 2008 -- breaking both their noses and sending one to the hospital for two days. Steve Smith is bad.
Only, a bad guy doesn't do what Steve Smith just did.
Steve Smith, puncher of teammates and talker of trash, donated $100,000 to the victims of the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured, and those injured people will have major medical bills. Smith wanted to help with that.
So maybe he's not a bad guy. No, wait, we already decided he is a bad guy. So what do we do now? Where do we go?