Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

No apologies needed.

I was amazed to hear the media expected an apology for whatever happened back in the day at Michigan from Chris Webber.

Can I tell you something, he doesn’t owe us an apology. Really. It doesn’t affect us, people make mistakes, and unless, and maybe even not even then, you were on the team, he doesn’t owe you squat.

Do I go around apologizing to you for things I’ve done in the past, that I was sorry for, but that don’t affect you? No. Do I think that the media are a bunch of people who never make mistakes, put in the wrong name, publish things that are just not true? I think we all make mistakes, we all screw up at one time or another. But really, it doesn’t affect me.

There are a million things that we can do, or not do, that can affect the lives of others. Right or wrong, good or bad. Most of which go unnoticed. And that’s ok. We’re not keeping score.

Do I care about basketball? Not in the least. I didn’t care about Chris Webber when he was at Michigan as a basketball star, only as a person. Do I care about Chris Webber as a basketball star now? Not really. Do I think he has the potential to touch a lot of lives, help a lot of people, kids and such? Absolutely. I pray he lives up to that potential. I care about him as a person, and if he makes a few mistakes, he’ll be covered by the grace with the same blood I was. And for that, I am greatful.

Welcome back to Detroit, Chris. No apologies needed, we’re glad you’re here. And I can’t wait to see you live up to your potential.

Matthew 7:4-5 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.


KayMac said...

I am reading, "Searching for God Knows What" by Donald Miller. He said something interesting...did you ever notice that when a team wins we say, "We won". But when they lose we say, "THEY lost." He believes that is b/c we like to associate ourselves w/ winners and not losers, b/c back in the fall, we lost the knowledge that our glory comes directly from God. Now we try to find our glory from others and what they think about us.

Ok, I know that wasn't what your post was about, but it brought that to my mind. Also off the beaten track, I got to see a number of games when Chris was at the U. My boss even took us to after parties at the coach's house. So, Chris Webber always makes me think of those fun times. I am with you. Glad to have you back in town, Chris!!!

Becky said...

ok-so i'm lost... i missed it! what ever it was. but i love you anyway.....

MSUgal86 said...

Becky, just so you know what is going on...

in 2002 Webber was convicted of perjury. During the trial, he admitted to accepting large amounts of cash from a Michigan booster, Ed Martin, during his college career. This caused the NCAA and the University of Michigan to strip all of the Wolverines accomplishments from his two seasons (1991-92 and 1992-93) from their official records. This affected the official record of each and every member of that team,(the ones who did nothing illegal) not just Weber himself. Weber never really apologized for his wrongdoing. Many people in Michigan (not just the press) feel that as a basketball star and public figure (i think that's the key Margie) and one that children are supposed to look up to, he owed an apology to his team (in the very least), or the thousands and thousands of Michigan students, alumni and fans who were devastated to see this great university (did this Spartan really say that) dishonored in a way that hurt so many.