We’re just going to give you this post from former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, who was released this morning, and then go through the list.
First of all, it looks like Shields is angry, as evidenced by the first emoticon and the first eight hashtags. The two interesting hashtags among those first eight are
#IWasGettingBetter and #AtleastLetMeRetireFromThePack.
First, yes, we’re sure you were getting better Sam, but these are the facts. Shields suffered the fifth concussion of his career in week 1 of the 2016 season. The playoffs are now over and he still has symptoms. It has been six months that Shields has been sidelined because of this concussion. That’s some serious shit! That’s not a guy you want walking out on a football field — forget the good of the team — for his own good.
Second, Shields suggests he’d have liked the opportunity to voluntarily retire, rather than being cut by the Packers. We would have liked to see that, as well. However, Shields said two weeks ago that he wants to keep playing. If Shields wasn’t going to offer to retire when the Packers called, which he probably wasn’t ready to do, then the Packers needed to make the call for him.
He’s right. It’s business. The Packers have Nick Perry to re-sign. This move helps create the cap room to do that.
The final 11 hashtags offer up a sort of back-and-forth about Shields’ intentions. We can only interpret #BouncebackShields as a sign that Shields thinks he’ll bounce back with a new team. Of course, that’s followed immediately by #ICantPlayWithAnybodyElse, which suggests he would only play for the Packers, and then #ImDone, which suggests he’s finished playing altogether.
That’s a gamut of conflicting emotions/statements.
We wish Shields nothing but the best, but it’s over man! For your own good!