Just like Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson does not get it.
That is obvious based on the quarterback’s words about Antonio Brown, a seemingly mentally ill former NFL star whom Wilson thinks he and the Seahawks can help redeem while getting Brown’s talent in return.
Wilson is a good human, a kind and charitable guy strongly motivated by his faith in God. That faith was evident again Thursday as he talked about Brown, with whom he said he has become friends over the last five years. Wilson said, “I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody.” Also true to his Christian faith, Wilson added, “I try not to judge people.”
Wilson, 31, is apparently too young or too religious to understand it is necessary to judge people. You must weigh them against your principles so you know whether you should allow them into your life. If Wilson were wise enough to do that, we probably would not be having this talk right now.
Wilson oddly does not seem to understand the severity of Brown’s transgressions. The list is incredibly long and includes accusations of heinous sexual assaults, so it’s hard to imagine why Wilson would continue to align himself with someone like that.
Wilson brushed away Brown’s boorish behavior by saying “nobody is perfect” and that Brown has “really been remorseful and he’s been humbled.”
Wilson almost made it seem like he viewed Brown as not responsible for his actions: “He’s had some tough moments in his life, especially as of late, and I think he’s gone through a lot of things that he wishes he could take back and not do and not say.”
“I think he had a bad year or two … where it kind of didn’t go the way he wanted it to.”
Tough moments? Gone through a lot of things? A bad year or two? Didn’t go the way he wanted?
Those words were clearly said with the intent of not alienating Brown, not putting all of his bad behavior on him, where it belongs. Perhaps Wilson did not understand those words also made him appear like an enabler, an apologist and a hypocrite (a man of God supporting a man accused of very unholy acts).
Brown – who exhibits all the signs of a sociopath — has a proven history of manipulation, and the ever-trusting Wilson seems to be his latest victim.
The naïve Wilson mistakenly thinks the Seahawks can help the 32-year-old receiver.
“I think if he does play football, I think this is a great place,” Wilson said, making most Seattle fans cringe at the thought. “If he does play again, I think this is a place that he’ll grow a lot as a man, too. I think that we’re going to continue to try to help anybody who walks in this locker room. … I think that’s just part of our culture is trying to help people. … I think it’s not just about the games, it’s not just about winning, it’s also about developing and talking and growing as men and just learning from our previous experiences and everything else.”
What Wilson does not understand: Brown is not a one-strike rookie like Frank Clark or a one-strike veteran like Marshawn Lynch or Mychal Kendricks or even a troubled addict like Josh Gordon. Brown is a proven clubhouse cancer who has washed out with three teams and an apparent sociopath who is a threat to other people.
Even if Wilson and the Seahawks could control Brown’s destructive ego, they simply are not equipped to treat his mental illness, to squash the sociopathy. That’s a job for an accomplished mental health professional. And it would be irresponsible of the Hawks to bring Brown to Seattle and potentially endanger the citizens.
If Brown wants to get help, he should do that rather than play football. If he doesn’t want help, no team should want him. Either way, there is no reason for the Hawks to be interested.
If they go against all logic and add the mercurial former star, they’ll undoubtedly unleash a monster that could destroy a promising season while turning off a bunch of fans and, worse, possibly harm someone in the community.
Carroll and John Schneider hopefully will think that through, realize the truth of it, ignore Wilson’s misplaced faith and move on from this dangerously dumb idea once and for all.