Ernest A. Jefferson, Jr.



Thought for Thursday - Do We Care or Criticize?

Posted by Ernest on May 18, 2023 at 7:20 AM

If you are a sports fan, then you are likely aware of the recent issues surrounding Ja Morant who is a star basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two greatest infractions being he has brandished a firearm in a club and most recently in a vehicle. For the first incident the NBA suspended him and is now investigating the most recent one.

Morant is a 23-year-old native of South Carolina, and his success in the NBA has made him a very wealthy individual with a high salary along with many lucrative endorsements. As we see with many high-profile individuals, his character is not able to sustain the position to which he has been elevated. First and foremost, he must be accountable and take responsibility for his actions.

All of us have lapses of judgement that led to bad behavior, and we can’t throw stones while living in glass houses. Fortunately, many of us do not have our weak moments broadcast live on a streaming platform – thank God! Instead of offering a critique of his behavior, I wonder who does this young man have in his life with enough of his respect that can hold him accountable and speak into his life to offer him sage advice and wise counsel. Moreover, how is the NBA preparing these young superstars to handle all the pressure of their new lifestyles? In general, how can our society mentor our young adults who are struggling with behavioral issues? Do we care or criticize?


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