By Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas @coolreece15

Why do athletes carry guns?

Do they really need it?

Are players stalked or harassed, to the point of needing a bringer of Death?  Maybe some feel they have so much money that they can get “GOT” at anytime.  Is it worth being arrested and getting suspended?  Is it worth hurting your team and your family?

With the recent gun related events in the NFL, players should be smarter with their personal lives.  If you purchase a gun make sure you get it licensed or follow the procedures in your state.  If you just have to have one why can’t it be just a pistol instead of a AK 47 or an assault rifle?  Guys are acting like the Zombie Apocalypse has taken place, hell Delonte West thought he was “El Mariachi” from Desperado and had his weapons in a guitar case riding a motorcycle.  Soon or later these guys going to start carrying grenades or flashbangs.  Some may think they are playing Call of Duty Team Death Match.  Sometime I just feel carrying a weapon as an athlete is crazy when going to nightclubs, or late night spots.  Why? Because most teams will give their players, security and transportation, which means no conflict, no DUI’s, no late night robberies.  I know you feel the need to ride out with your “Entourage” and “keep it real”, but sometimes Turtle can turn a night out to a sketch of “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”.
Personally I’m not into  guns (unless you’re talking first person shooters) like some men so maybe I can’t relate.  Maybe some guys just love to shoot, or maybe some feel that being a celebrity makes them a target so they need protection.  For instance Steelers’ offensive lineman Mike Adams was stabbed recently by some men attempting to steal his car.  Now in that case should Mike have had a gun?  Would that have stopped the problem or made it worse?  If he pulled a gun would the attackers have pulled a gun and had an O.K. Coral shoot out with Mike Adams playing the role of Wyatt Earp, or would they have walked away?  Sad part is apparently one of the suspects is Wiz Khalifa boys, another supposed celebrity, hopefully the car wasn’t black and yellow.  On the bright side of things at least players like Tank Johnson are educating rookies on not needing a gun and ways to protect yourself from threats.  Lord knows we don’t need another idiot like Gilbert Arenas and Jarvaris Crittenton to start carrying guns in the locker rooms (Abe Pollin probably rolled over in his grave, because he changed the name from the Bullets to the Wizards to help stop gun violence).  I’m not writing this to get my Bob Costas on, but some guys just can’t leave the the thug life alone, and maybe that’s the problem.

Maurice "Cool Reece" Thomas @coolreece15

Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas