Too Close to Home


Oct. 09, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Jalil Brown (30) carries his helmet during warmups against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

After hearing multiple reports out of Kansas City about the tragedy that has taken place, any Charger fan can only be reminded about the terrible day on May the 2nd of this year.

That day is obviously when Junior Seau took his own life at his home in Oceanside, California.

As fans, we pretend to know these players as people and men.  The fact of the matter is, we have no clue who they are as people or men.  We have absolutely no idea what they are going through in their personal lives.

It’s difficult for some to humanize their heroes and realize that they are just like you and me.  They have struggles.  They face obstacles that are far more difficult to handle than those that occur on the football field.

To see how some people are sensationalizing and/or joking about this is honestly pathetic and terribly sad.  Furthermore, to watch “Twidiots” take advantage of this to gain followers via Twitter is numbing.

Prior to any confirmation, you had Twitter accounts such as @NFLRT posting RIP pictures of, at the time, the unconfirmed player’s picture.  Although this person will most likely not be ashamed to any degree, they absolutely should be.  Hopefully they take the time to look in the mirror and figure out what drives them to such a level of disrespect.

It’s clear to many that a good portion of society has absolutely zero class.  Knowing that it will only continue to get worse, I’m scared to death having two small children of my own.

I beg all of you, if you or anyone you know happen to be having, or showing the signs of, suicidal thoughts or tendencies, please know that there is help out there to be had.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.  Every call is completely anonymous and every person there is 100% committed to caring about each and every individual that is reaching out for help or has another person doing so on their behalf.

I ask that everyone treat this situation with the utmost of care and respect in regards to the family and friends that are directly affected by this horrific event.

Be sure to take some time to show love to those around you today.  Pick up the phone, stop by your loved one’s houses, etc.  Life is short and you never know when something like this can happen to you or the loved ones in your life.

Dave Peters