Actor Terry Crews Talks to Arsenio About His NFL Experiences with Bullying in the NFL

Published On November 11, 2013 | By admin | News, sports news, The Barbershop

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

Former NFL player Terry Crews, better known as his role as young Chris Rock‘s father Julius on Everybody Hates Chris and hilarious bit roles in the comedies Soul Plane and Friday After Next, was a guest on Arsenio and spoke about his experiences with bullying in the NFL.


The massive Crews was very candid as he spoke about the fact that he too was bullied and feels that Jonathan Martin is being vilified but actually did the smart thing by allowing himself to walk away from the abuse.

Crews likened the Martin situation as being with a group of friends and everyone is laughing and one day Martin realized that the joke was on him. Crews went on to say that “the NFL is like jail with money” and there is a culture that is built on intimidation, humiliation and violence and that is how “control” is kept because player’s desire to play in the NFL will make them feel like there is nothing else for them.  Crews pointed out that the moment that one realizes that he can walk away from the game, the NFL has no power over you and commended Martin for doing the right thing, the smart thing by walking away.

Crews said his bullying actually came from a coach, who initiated the bullying first by refusing to call him by his name Terry, as opposed to Tyrone, which the coach said “he liked better.”  He went on to tell how the coach would publicly humiliate him during film sessions, speeding past his performances and saying “It doesn’t matter what he did (referring to Crews), he’s not going to be here.”  Crews took it as a challenge and thought that maybe the coach was trying to toughen him up, just to end up getting cut from the team.  Steaming about getting cut and realizing the things he endured from his coach, his first reaction was to resort to violence and seek revenge against his coach.  Through he faith in God and support of his wife, now of 24 years, he realized that the world has more to offer to him than the NFL and resorting to violence just would have displaced him from being in position to reap what his life had for HIM.

Needless to say, things turned out ok without the NFL for Crews.  The popular actor and Old Spice pitchman drove home the point that whatever your job, situation or surroundings are, and you are being abused, you always have the choice to walk away.

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