Posted on July 9, 2017, by Travis Pulver
Pete Carroll has managed to build the Seattle Seahawks into one heck of a franchise. They are good at everything and are built to be competitive every year. From the outside looking in, they appear to be a cohesive team full of guys that get along and respect each other.
Or are they?
An ESPN Magazine article portrayed the locker room for the Seattle Seahawks as being fractured. If it was (or is) the team seemed to rally together after the accusation was made to deny it. Several players did just that while others downplayed whatever the perceived issues were. Are the telling the truth? Who knows—but what did we expect them to say?
In recent weeks, the talk has died down, but it was recently brought back up. While appearing on the NFL’s No Huddle podcast recently, Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril chimed in on the infamous story about the ’divided’ locker room in Seattle. He did not do the team any favors with his comment:
“I think it’s all fake news,” Avril said. “I think it’s all dead. It was a dead period, so people needed something to talk about.”
Seems harmless, right? But where the potential problem lies is with a pair of words he used—fake news. It refers to news that is not real, but the definition the two words together have taken on is a little different. Those who use with the literal meaning in mind are doing so because they don’t like the story that is being told. So rather than deny it or refute it, they simply call it fake.
Since they said it was fake, it must be—which makes it no longer a story in their minds.
But to the vast majority of the world, when the term ‘fake news’ is used, the news in question receives more attention. If the people didn’t believe it before, they do now since someone is trying to discredit it by calling it fake.
So—when Avril calls the ESPN story ‘fake news’ he is effectively giving it a little more credibility. As Shakespeare said–me thinks thou dost protest too much!
He goes on to say:
“At the same time, too, let’s be honest, it’s 90 guys in the locker room right now. There is no way that 90 guys are going to always get along, and that’s just what it is. I’m pretty sure there are people at your job right now that’s way less than 90 that don’t get along….”
If it is true for a locker room of 90 guys, it’s true for one of 53 guys.
Is the ESPN story ‘fake news?’ Probably not. Football is a violent game played by aggressive people who may not intend to injure anyone, but know that they are inflicting pain. That aggression, while controlled on the field where it has a release, may not be so easily controlled in the locker room. It’s just natural.
Heck—any locker room that denies the existence of discord is probably lying.
Locker rooms do not need to get along like a large group of best friends. They just need to coexist and perform to the best of their abilities so they can reach a common goal–the Super Bowl.