The bone is connected now. And the leg is back together. And that’s all that really matters, right?
Maybe. Maybe not. Let me explain. The injury was gruesome, possibly the worst I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to go into detail. It made grown men cry, fans lose their lunch and a twitter trend #prayforware. But truly, is it that important.
While it has sparked a possible championship run and a ton of fans and prayers, is it deserving of this much coverage? First of all, seeing that injury on National TV was gruesome. It was scary. Even so, many women and men suffer the exact same injury every day. And while I’m sure not many will tell their friends or teammates don’t worry, just win (even though I’m sure there are a few) this is not a life threatening injury. While it might derail his career, and make him a worse player, he is not paralyzed. He is not on life support. It is not that bad.
Second, if we are going to be using social media to be praying, at least let’s pray for somebody who deserves it more. While it’s a broken leg, many members of our army die each year. Pray for them. Pray for their families. Pray for Nelson Mandela, who is in the hospital. And while the injury is gruesome, think, who deserves it more – a basketball player, or the men or women protecting our country, and their families.
Finally, I feel like the country is embracing it too much. I know we are passionate about sports (I know I am) but we have managed to scrap together for things like Newtown, VA Tech, Hurricane Sandy, Irene, the Japan Earthquake and many other things. Yet, we seem to give the same attention to this. I don’t get it, nor do I think it’s right.
You may agree with this. You may not. But think about it for a second. And maybe, next time you are on instagram or twitter, you can use the hashtag #prayforourtroops instead.