We found out before the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns game that tackle Trent Brown wouldn’t play. At the moment, it was easy to talk about how irresponsible he was and how his actions had led to his situation. However, we learned after the game that his situation was more serious than we had originally thought.
So what happened to Raiders tackle Trent Brown?
After the Raiders’ 16-3 victory over the Browns, we found out that Brown had been hospitalized due to a mishap with his pregame IV. An air bubble entered his bloodstream and he will have stayed overnight per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The situation got so bad that the NFLPA commenced an investigation.
After the game, Brown’s teammates told the media they were worried about Brown. Quarterback Derek Carr said that he was concerned about the tackle. Furthermore, safety Johnathan Abram confided they wanted to win for Brown. Knowing the team had to wheel Brown and didn’t know what had happened, Carr’s and Abram’s reactions are understandable.
Some behaviors aren’t acceptable
When we learned Brown would miss the game, many fans became very livid. Some said Brown hasn’t worked hard and that the team was paying him to ride the bench. Others brought up the fact he took off his contact tracer a couple of weeks ago, which led the organization to place his teammates on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Brown’s play has indeed not been proportional to his salary. Also, the organization must hold him accountable for his immature behavior if they haven’t already. Nevertheless, those are different issues and they can be addressed later. Right now, we are talking about Brown’s life being at risk, and that’s something we don’t wish anyone to go through.
Fans have the right to be mad at Brown as a player, but not wishing him well when his health is in danger isn’t acceptable. We all know Brown because he’s a football player, but keep in mind he’s a human being before an athlete. We should enjoy the Raiders’ fourth win of the season and wish Brown a quick recovery. It’s not an either-or proposition, and they aren’t exclusive.
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