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Gary Player And Emmitt Smith Don’t Want You To Forget About Them

Posted by Matt on July 24, 2007

Legends in their own right, and their own sport, Gary Player and Emmitt Smith came out about two hot topics in sports today: steroids and Ron Mexico; respectively, of course.

That’s right, this guy:


came out about steroids in golf; unfortunately for comic relief, however, Player did not take them himself.

Apparently Gary was nervous that the “youngins” around the world would forget about him and decided to disrupt the beauty and prestige that is The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links by making public this quote, courtesy of

“‘Whether it’s HGH, whether it’s Creatine or whether it’s steroids, I know for a fact that some golfers are doing it,’ he said.

Asked how he knew for certain, he said one golfer told him.

‘I took an oath prior to him telling me — I won’t tell you where — but he told me what he did, and I could see this massive change in him,’ Player said. ‘And somebody else told me something, that I also promised I wouldn’t tell, that verified others had done it.'”

Oh really, Gary? Did you ‘pinkie swear’ too? Listen, if you don’t want to look like you’re merely garnering cheap publicity, offer a little more than “he said, that she said, the he saw someone take what they thought was steroids; but I promised I wouldn’t tell.” That is playground talk, Gary; very much “bush league.”

If you don’t want to start name-dropping, go directly to the PGA and address this situation correctly and allow the powers-that-be decide whether or not it is a problem.

But don’t stir the pot, Gary, you’re better than that.

Which brings me to my next issue, on a topic that is possibly more severe. Emmitt Smith finally broke his silence regarding the “Ookie” Vick dog fighting scandal. Thank, God, I wasn’t sure how much longer I could live on with out Emmitt’s thoughts.


Look at that box top, you could set a crock pot on that bad boy.

See, Emmitt believes two things:

1) That we still give a shit what he has to say.

2) That because Vick is the “biggest fish in the whole doggone pond right now,” that Federal investigators are trying to put “the squeeze on him to get everyone else.”

This may be true, but it was Emmitt’s next statements that really baffled me, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:

“Now, granted he might have been to a dogfight a time or two, maybe five times, maybe 20 times, may have bet some money, but he’s not the one you’re after. He’s not the one you’re after, he’s just the one whose going to take the fall — publicly.”

He is beginning to sound like Allen Iverson talking about practice or, more importantly, dog fighting and if Iverson made a statement about “Ookie,” it may go a little something like this (courtesy of B-ri in the comments thread from “Charlie Hustle’s” article The Michael Vick Saga Continues):

“We’re sitting here, and Vick’s supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about dog fightin’. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about dog fightin’, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about dog fightin’. Not the game that he go out there and die for and play every game like it’s he last but we’re talking about dog fightin’ man. How silly is that? Now I know that he supposed to lead by example and all that and I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I honestly do but we’re talking about dog fightin’. We’re talking about dog fightin’ man. We’re talking about dog fightin’. We’re talking about dog fightin’. We’re not talking about the game. We’re talking about dog fightin’.”

Regardless, I was somewhat speechless after reading Smith’s comments, surely he can’t be dismissing dog fighting as not being that bad, can he? We may never know Emmitt’s true feelings regarding dog fighting, but it seems as if more and more athletes are coming out almost defending dog fighting, or in Clinton Portis’ case, outright defending dog fighting.

Luckily for Emmitt, he regained sanity and gave Ron Mexico a few pieces of advice (I am sure Vick was holding out for Emmitt’s advice before he sought real, legal advice) that actually ended up being fairly legitimate, surprisingly enough:

  1. “…because where we’re going, it’s not for everybody to come with us. You have to learn to cut some of those guys loose. Because the things that they do, we cannot do no more.”
  2. “From an athletic standpoint, from an endorsement standpoint, from an investment standpoint, from a business standpoint, those doors are opening. The question is now, do you want to do the same old junk you’ve been doing for 18 or 20-something years, or do you want to step into the real world of business and handle your business like you’re supposed to handle it?”

Kudos to Emmitt for being the father The Brothers Vick never had, too bad it was about 10-years too late, with the irreprehensible damage already done (see Marcus Vick’s rapsheet).

I have never understood why athletes feel the need to go public about various current affairs in the world of sports far past their time in the spot light. One can only begin to think that certain athletes get a bit depressed and jealous in their retirement and take whatever opportunities they can to reacquire some of that lost attention, hoping the public doesn’t forget about them.

Did he really believe that he needed to give Vick some advice at this juncture, or was Emmitt Smith trying to get attention in hopes that people will not forget about him? OR was he merely trying to erase and replace the memories of these various embarrassments?:

emmittcardinal.jpg emmitt2.jpg

The answer, like his views on dog fighting, we just may never know.


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