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What are your thoughts on OBJ and Aaron Rodgers?

Do you cut athletes some slack?

If you follow the NFL at all, or even sports in general, you probably have seen Odell Beckham, Jr. and Aaron Rodgers making headlines.  Aaron Rodgers recently tested positive for COVID after lying about his vaccination status earlier in the season, while Beckham used social media to force his way out of Cleveland, ending up in Los Angeles.  How do you react when you see pro athletes acting erratically?  Do you cut them any slack?  Do you hold them to a higher standard?  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you my thoughts on both of these situations and what it says about each athlete.

  • Rodgers.  Current quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, and reigning NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers has stated multiple times that he is “immunized” and lead people to believe he was vaccinated.  After not following protocols and creating a big stir last week, he tested positive for COVID and now is coming forward that he is, in fact, not vaccinated.  This whole story shows the arrogance and selfishness of Rodgers.  He thinks he is above his teammates and the rules do not apply to him.  The lack of humility and honesty here, while not surprising, is very disappointing.
  • Beckham, Jr.  Odell Beckham, Jr. now has a new home with the Los Angeles Rams, but not after making some headlines.  A few weeks ago, his father posted a montage video on Instagram displaying the times when Beckham was open, but was not thrown the ball.  This created the notion that he wanted out of Cleveland, was ultimately released, then signed this week.  The distractions that came along with OBJ were not worth it for the Browns, and he is a great example of addition by subtraction, as evident by last weeks 41-16 domination of Cleveland over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Integrity.  Both players lacked integrity and ultimately became a distraction.  Rodgers will continue with the Packers (for now), while OBJ has a new home.  Always remember that nobody is bigger than the team.
  • Character.  More important than talent.  Both exhibited poor character and proved that their core values did not align with those of the team as a whole.  Does your individual character match the core values of your team?

Did You Know?  You can listen to this weeks’ podcast episode entitled “Teamwork: The Best Leaders Don’t Do it Alone” HERE

Life Tip # 24:  Study leadership skills consistently

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