Actor Terry Crews On Anger And The NFL: “I could have easily been a Ray Rice”
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Actor/Host Terry Crews gained fame through his hilarious characters in movies and sitcoms, but he also is a retired player from the NFL.
Crews, during an interview with HuffPost Live, offered an honest perspective of why it seems so easy for professional athletes to turn violent in their personal lives.
Crews opened up and revealed that he seen violence in his own home growing up between his Father and his Mother and says that he could have easily been Ray Rice himself.
“To get to be a professional athlete, it takes anger. You have to be angry, because somebody counts you out, and they said, ‘You’ll never make it, you won’t do it,’ and that gets you up at four in the morning. You work out for three, four hours on anger. There’s power in anger. The problem is when you make it, you’re still angry,” he said.
Aggression carrying over into the home among NFL players is at the forefront of the national conscience amid the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals, and Terry Crews offers his understanding of that aggression from first-hand experience from his years as an NFL player:
“Society has said you’re nothing, you’re nothing to us. Then [athletes] go, ‘I made it! I made it!’ But what happens is now that anger is turned on their family, the anger is turned on their friends. And I was that guy. I could easily have been a Ray Rice. I’m not even joking. I am that guy who had that kind of anger. But what happened is I ended up alone. When you’re by yourself and when you’re sitting there and your kids don’t want to be around you and your wife is like, ‘Bye buddy, I’m out, I’ll be over here,’ you realize, wait a minute, man, I don’t want to be like this.”
“I could have easily picked up those things from my Dad and got that kind of attitude … You don’ t hit someone like that, that you think is an equal to you. You have to think that someone is a second-class citizen.”
“The aggression in the sports world has always, always relegated women to kind of commodities. Ok, you can sell some beer and you can be a cheerleader, but now its a man’s world. It’s that hyper-masculinity that I want to attack! I want to attack a mindset. I am not about attacking people, but its the mindset that you feel that you are better than someone else on this Earth. That you are worth more than a woman, worth more than any other person … It makes no sense, we are too complex for that.”
Wise words from wise man.
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