I was stalling to write this for a few reasons, but after the Eastern Michigan game… I thought it might be a good idea to put it out there. After my previous article using a play on words (despite it being cheesy) with ‘Best‘, I thought I’d do the same with this one… so who am I talking about? I am talking about Jervontius Stallings.
I write this article with mixed emotions. It’s easy from the sidelines and perhaps even the crowd to pick up on some of Stallings’ recent behavior. I will preface this article with the understanding that his mother passed away this summer from a long battle with cancer. I cannot imagine the pain, hardships, and emotional-distress that a loss that severe could cause on someone. Both my parents are still living, so I wouldn’t know the loss of a parent. I don’t want to gloss over that either, because that could be part the reason I’ve seen some of this unfortunate behavior on the field.
I’m sure you’ve heard that a picture is worth 1000 words, and that phrase cannot ring truer than in the picture above. At first, you may just think it’s a couple Kentucky football players walking off the field. I want you to look closely at three things:
Let me tell you what occurred right before I took this picture. Kentucky was struggling to call the correct play before the snap, which forced an unnecessary and potentially costly timeout against the Gators. I am shocked that I didn’t read several articles about this moment after the game. Understandably frustrated coming over to the coaches on the sidelines, Stephen Johnson reached out to tell Stallings that ‘it’s okay… we got this‘, and Stallings yelled at Johnson and pushed his arm away. By doing this… you see Stallings’ angry face in the picture, Johnson’s saddened face, and Conrad’s confused look as to ‘what’s going on within the team’. This team has seem so united, but this isn’t the only Stallings moment I’ve seen on the sidelines.
This picture above I caught during the Eastern Michigan game. This was taken immediately after Benny Snell scored. Yes, Kentucky just scored a much needed touchdown, and Jervontius is refusing a high-five from a teammate. Instead, Stallings just kind of batted his teammate’s hand away. I’m like… “Bro… we just scored. What the heck is going on?” The cover picture of this article is also from the Eastern Michigan game where Eddie Gran is trying to coach Stallings after receiving a penalty.
If you know me, you know I always see the positive in things. I rarely write anything negative, and I’ve had a slew of girlfriends break up with me for being ‘too nice’. The hope of this article would be for us to cheer on Stallings a little louder… let him know that the Big Blue Nation is on his side… and if you’re into prayer… maybe say a few extra prayers for Stallings and his family.