Lavar Arrington Says Parents Who Don’t Want Kids to Play Football Promote Sissification
Lavar Arrington isn’t the only person who believes this. He is one of the few who have went on record to say it. I don’t necessarily disagree with premise of what he is saying, I don’t like the term he used to get his point across.
Sissification implies that you aren’t tough or the parents are weak just because they are concerned about their kid’s health. I do disagree with that, but I think kids need to be able to choose their own path with guidance. A dictatorship parenting style normally leads to more problems than answers.
Here are Lavar’s comments.
In an appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines Tuesday afternoon, Arrington said youth football is a valuable tool to teach kids to overcome physical challenges. Not allowing kids to play football would be “sissification,” he said.
“To me, it’s sissification, and I think that’s the only way to put it,” Arrington said. “I will not go through my life scared and I don’t want my children to go through life scared. I started playing football when I was 8 years old and I would never not want to give that opportunity to my children.”
As a parent you are always scared, that is part of being a parent, so I don’t find fault with Kurt Warner or any parent for that matter who is concerned about their child’s safety.
The part that troubles me is that the NFL is becoming a red herring for anything that goes wrong with an ex player. When does some of that responsibility fall on the player, not the game?
Just something to think about.