After about a week of the talking heads and commentators going on and on about some photos taken at Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart’s house in which the young millionaire is captured partying (wearing clothes I might add) with a few desirable young women, I feel it is our duty here at Raisingzona.com to present our own fair and balanced reporting on this topic.
GET OVER IT PEOPLE, SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!
Look here are some of the facts:
1. Matt Leinart is 25 years old. The last time I checked the legal drinking age in the state of Arizona was 21 years old.
2. Matt Leinart is enjoying entirely legal beverages with some friends and guests in his own home, again not illegal.
3. Matt Leinart is a young, wealthy professional athlete with movie star looks and charisma and is not married. Some young women may find that appealing…..maybe.
4. Matt Leinart did not choose to stay away from the team when he was put on IR for the season, and instead traveled with the team, rehab at the team facility and worked with the coaching staff every day to improve his mental aspect of the game. And so far, he has attended every off season voluntary workout at the Cardinals training facility.
Those are the facts. It’s not like Leinart was photographed pulling some kind of Matthew-McCounaghy-weed smoking-bongo drum playing-weirdo crap, he was drinking beer at his house. He was holding a beer bong in a picture while a girl drank from it. This is not the Minnesota Vikings Sex Boat scandal, this is not a bunch of hook……errrr dancers entertaining players and committing all kinds of unknown sex acts with members of an NFL franchise during the bye week of the season. This is a young group of people in their twenties having a party!!
Now I get it, he’s the quarterback and everyone is saying he needs to show maturity and blah, blah, blah. What does that mean, mature? Does it imply that every QB in the NFL teaches at Bible Study and is married to their high school sweetheart and saved themselves until marriage? Gimme a break, the only thing Leinart is not understanding that anybody with a camera can make a quick buck off of you if you are a celebrity, anybody.
Now I get why the Coaching staff may be disappointed in Leinart, but it’s not because of the photos or the party. It’s because of the negative media attention and scrutiny they cast on the Cards organization. This coaching staff is trying to establish a winning tradition, trying to build respect for the team around the country. Issues like this with their starting QB raise doubts about the team’s committment to winning, which is something head coach Ken Whisenhunt is definitely not happy about.
But in the end, here’s what we all need to do. For some of us, think back to when you were 25. For some of the rest of us, you’re already there or in the neighborhood. Now imagine that you have $20 million dollars, a mansion, a world class athlete, and the opposite sex finds you attractive. What do you do? I’d throw a party…….maybe even two.
So give me a break with this stuff already. Matt……as long as keep coming to those Voluntary workouts, OTAs, minicamp, training camp, and you show up on game days ready to play and bring a winner to my town, then it’s all good.