Of all the players in the NBA — considering the context of his career, his age, his upbringing, and what he’s currently working through — it’s possible that only Derrick Rose could turn something as crass as a product launch into a memorable and touching event. In a gathering created to promote the launch of Rose’s newest line of sneakers (ostensibly to sell shoes, but basically a move by the company to exploit the drama behind his debilitating injury), Derrick took the time in an impromptu discussion to thank his family, his city, his fans and his faith after he broke down following the viewing of a promotional clip that detailed his 4 1/2-month rehabilitation from knee surgery.
“It’s truly a blessing. With all of the stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid fromEnglewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good. This shoe is great; all this is great. But I can’t explain this. I can’t. I went through so much. To have, like, true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to my family, because we’re not supposed to be here — at all. But God made the way.” [source]
As men we are taught to believe that only punks, ‘fruitboys’ and women are supposed to show any type of emotion and that you never cry…..because that is acting like a girl…a punk…a sissy…a.fag. “Don’t be a bitch!” ” That’s weak!” ” Be a man!” ” That’s that estrogen stupidity”. Any time a man not only feels a deep emotion of pain, let alone actually shed a tear, he is looked at as less of a man.
Why is that? Are men not human? DO we really have no feelings?
Of course we do. We feel pain just like you ladies do -but unfortunately we have been conditioned to believe that this is something that men simply do not do. or aren’t supposed to do. Not a real man after all. As men, you always have to be the rock. The center. Allowing your emotions to get the better of you is something only chicks do. This is what we are told from the time we skin our first knee or the first time we bump our heads. From the time where we are just learning to walk and talk even. Before we even understand the words that are being said to us! ‘Don’t pick him up, that will make him soft!” ” Don’t pet him up, he needs to learn to be a man” ( said about a 3 year old).
Why DO we do this to men? Why DO we teach our boys this? Why?
I’m not pointing the fingers as I used to be these same guys. Matter of fact, everything I’ve posted so far about ridiculous sentiments being shared about crying are things I myself have said. Every last one of them.
But I understand how stupid I was.
What gets me though is how some people saw this clip of Derrick Rose and said that he was crying like a punk…. being a bytch(not in general but in the female sense) etc etc.
Why can’t a man show emotional pain? Happiness?Pride?Joy?