We give a big thumbs down this week to DeAndre Levy, a linebacker for the Detroit Lions who played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin and who, in making a sideline play, ran into Penn State coach Joe Paterno and broke his leg in 2006.
A decade later Levy is quoted in the magazine Men’s Journal as saying breaking Paterno’s leg was “my proudest moment in college.” He goes on to refer to Paterno as a “dirtbag” because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Levy validates his remarks by saying, “We’ve gotta stop prioritizing sports over humanity. Just because somebody can throw a football or coach football, they’re excluded from their wicked acts.”
Prioritizing humanity over sports is something we can get behind but boasting about a violent action against an 80-year-old man, who was never charged with anything, is not something we can support.
The article suggests that Levy is a team leader who expects his teammates to act grown up. As a role model for young people, it sounds like he needs to evaluate his own actions in relation to those expectations. Bragging about hurting someone, in an already violent sport, is hardly the model Levy should want to be.