I for one will be glad to see an end to this lockout. Not only will it give us some depth at football related news to write and read about, but it will get Reggie Bush back on the field and off of Twitter, the Internet, and ESPN some. Just yesterday I thought he might just be a bit frustrated about the future of his career because he knows in his heart of hearts that it’s highly unlikely that any team is going to pay him $11.8 this year or any other year; he’s a situational back at best who has trouble staying healthy. I even defended his work ethic and tried very hard not to think that his off-the-wall behavior as of late is an indication that he wants out of New Orleans as some have speculated.
Yet, I can’t ignore the fact that the rumors keep coming as does Bush’s downward spiral (Charlie Sheen-ish and all).
The latest story to trickle out of the rumor mill (or shall I say the mind of a depraved prankster) according to an article that appeared in Yardbarker this morning is that Bush has purchased Osama Bin Laden’s former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan for $150,000 US dollars to use for offseason getaways. And reportedly he’s joked (via Twitter of course) that, “It’s a little bit of a fixer-upper. I’m replacing AbbottaCable with DirecTV, and having Mr. NeatRug come in to get the brain remnants out of the carpet fibers. A little paint, some throw pillows, a lava lamp here and there, and we’re golden.”
Now I laughed when I read this story because it seemed too preposterous to be true. And I admit that I’ve had no success in substantiating it whatsoever so it still might be a joke. Even so, it is a clear indication that somebody has too much free time on his hands. Fact or fiction, Reggie is on a lot of people’s minds and tongues right now and for all the wrong reasons.
I likened him to Charlie Sheen earlier because like Sheen, it seems that he may be suffering from some type of mental stress that’s driving him to do uncharacteristic, career-ending things. But I think Bush’s will get better when he can get back on the field and go to work (at least I hope so). But I’ll say this– if he truly wants out of New Orleans, he’s definitely punching his own ticket with all of these dumb antics lately. We all know that Sean Payton likes to keep the drama at a minimum and he has a very low tolerance level for foolishness. The last thing the Saints (and any team) should want is toxicity in the lockerroom and right now, Reggie’s behavior is toxic. He’s poisoning his own brand without fully realizing it, making it more and more difficult for himself. He needs to consider that if the Saints trade him away, where else in the league will he find another offense to suit him the way the Payton design does? He’s entering his 5th year; that’s a lifetime for a running back in the NFL. And in my opinion, the Saints showed good faith in him in 2010 when they paid him all that money. I for one don’t know what more he could want. The team has come out publicly and said that they want him back. They left the ball in his court and he’s tossing it out the back door and possibly his career with it. I’ve heard from several fans who think the Saints will be better off without him. I don’t agree, but only if Reggie purges this toxic behavior he’s exhibiting right now. If he keeps this up, then I’ll be forced to fall in line with those who’ve had enough already. Call me sentimental, but I’m trying to give him the benefit of the doubt because I imagine it’s stressful having your career in limbo and this lockout just makes it worse. He’s meant so much to the Saints and their fanbase; he’s really come across as a caring person by supporting recent disasters in the region. But he’s making it awful hard for those of us who still believe in him.
As for the story in Yardbarker, I doubt very seriously that it’s true and was probably written by somebody trying to break the monotony or trying to get something started. One thing I can say about it though, it sure got my creative juices flowing this morning.