O.J. The Bouvier

January 9th, 2012 at 11:09 PM ^

...for so many reasons. Selfishly, I was looking forward to seeing him on the field again. He's fun to watch. I hope football is still a possibility for him someday if he so chooses.


January 10th, 2012 at 12:53 AM ^

I don't want to make an armchair diagnosis, but it seems like something is going on for him. Whether it would qualify as a psychological "disorder" (I hate that term) or not, it's clear he's been struggling with his focus, motivation, discipline, and perhaps humility, on and off the field. It's clear that he could benefit from some help with coping skills and getting his priorities straight. Despite the stigma in our society (and many others), there's no shame in seeing a psychologist, and if need be (but not necessarily) a psychiatrist as well. I'm a clinical psychologist and also a sport psychologist (at JMU) and have worked with (and helped) dozens of student-athletes to get through difficult times and become better student-athletes at the same time. I'd be shocked if he was never referred to see a sport psychologist or therapist at U of M, but apparently he may not have made the most of it.

It only takes one psychologist to change a lightbulb, but the lightbulb has to want (and be ready) to change. I'm sure he's got a lot of people who care about him and would be willing to help. Hopefully he's ready to make the most of his resources sooner rather than later.

EDIT: If he left to help the family business, nevermind.


January 10th, 2012 at 4:32 AM ^

Not taking to too far at all. Psychotic breaks can definitely appear at his age, especially in guys. He's threatened to kill himself once, already, right? Wasn't that still in Ann Arbor? He takes a very grandiose view of himself and his need for attention. Add in his apparent inability to focus, and it's not outlandish to suggest he might have some psychiatric issues. Most likely, it's a combination of factors.


Hope the kid can figure it out and be successful. Hopefully he doesn't have Rod Smith's Illinois '10 rant clouding his head... 

State Street

January 10th, 2012 at 5:43 PM ^

This story is unbelievable and fascinating.  One could argue that this is all a product of his father's lunacy. 

As a microcosm of this lunacy, take Mike Forcier's quotes from yesterday.  He completely and outrageously lies in saying that Tate is leaving school simply to "help the family business."  In reality, Tate was too into illicit substances and still, after all of this time, failed to go to class (this is not rumor, but rather factual).

Instead of letting his child take the hit in the media, he shelters him and takes the blame so Tate can walk away unscathed.

Sickening.  Maybe all Tate needs is some tough love from the media, his teammates, or any of the multitude of universities he has agreed to play football for.