In an absolutely disturbing case, a former NFL player Cierre Wood was indicted along with his girlfriend for murdering a 5-year-old girl. Obviously this as a horrifying case but we are going to avoid the details and talk about another problem that has come about because of it.
Now at first glance I read a headline that says “Former Patriots Running Back Indicted For Mureder, 20 Felony Child Abuse Charges” now obviously anyone is going to want to know who did it. The problem is, as a lifetime die hard Patriots fan, my first thought was I don’t even know who the fuck Cierre Wood is. I never even heard of the guy, so I had to do some digging. The only thing I could find is The New England Patriots signed Wood to their practice squad on November 5, 2013 and was was released a few weeks later on December 26, 2013. Bill Belichick probably doesn’t even remember him, and yet here he is as a headline in a news article.
Cierre Wood barely saw a snap in the NFL accumulating a pathetic 6 total yards in his career, and none of those playing for the Patriots as he never got a chance to step on the field. That didn’t stop some desperate website in an attempt for clicks from directing all the outrage towards the Patriots organization. This guy spent more time with 4 other NFL teams including the Houston Texans (2013) Baltimore Ravens (2014) Seattle Seahawks (2014) and Buffalo Bills (2015).
This is obviously no accident as their article title and headline are perfectly designed to enrage fans everywhere to spew as much hatred as possible towards the Patriots. I’m sure they are not looking to win a Pulitzer prize anytime soon but these antics of attacking the Patriots on every turn are getting tired. They are as pathetic as the numerous hack job Macedonian sports websites that embellish every headline like there is a fire in a crowded theater, that have sadly infiltrated many areas of social media. These are the same sites that gladly attack the Patriots for Ben Watson’s suspension. Don’t let the facts that he was retired and unsigned at the time of the incident, but they would quickly call him a former Saints player when talking about his good deeds.
I get that everyone wants their story to get out there. But pissing off an entire fan base so they unfollow you probably isn’t the best way to go about it. A little honesty can go a long way towards longevity. There is nothing more valuable than a little journalistic integrity at the end of the day.