The One Common Lesson to Learn from Aaron Hernandez and Carmelo Anthony
By Brandon Simmons
Social media was hit with the news stories of Carmelo Anthony splitting form his wife, Lala, and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanging himself in his cell. These two situations are from being treated the same, and nowhere relatable, except for this one thing: People need to learn to let go of small shit. The phrase “it’s the little things that count” is usually intended to keep a relationship alive, but somehow it has made its way to apply both these situations. Both of these grown, successful men have made some immature decisions that have affected some lives.
Hernandez threw away a multi-million-dollar career away for whatever reason. He could not shake the lifestyle of gang violence he grew up around as a teenager in Bristol, Connecticut. What is he doing killing people while entering the early stages of his career? That persistence to stay in that mindset costed him a career and his own livelihood as he was sentenced to life without parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Anthony’s transgressions weren’t as serious. Not only does Anthony have a contract worth over $120 million, he is married to one of the most beautiful women that is out there, who also has a career and the ability to make her own money. However, it did not stop him from allegedly getting another woman pregnant. While those rumors have yet to be proven true, he has not denied the rumors that he was cheating on Lala for quite a while now.
These guys were in positions many people would envy. Hernandez was a millionaire playing on one of the best franchises in the last 20 years. Their situations are what plenty of men would die for. It makes no sense that they would do something so frivolous to prove whatever miniscule point they had to prove.
It’s not so much their actions as it is their mentality for each situation is aggravating. Some people get the type of success that others long for, and instead of trying to maintain it, they squander it off. There is nothing to be glorified or memed for what either of these men have done, no matter how severe one action was to the other.
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