At a time when players are doing dumb things, Florida State University needs nothing more than a smart guy to help.
And hello there, Myron Rolle.
Rolle, a former Rhodes Scholar at FSU who is now aspiring to be a neurosurgeon at FSU’s medical school, has offered to help mentor athletes at his alma mater. Rolle was a safety with the Seminoles, good enough to be drafted by Tennessee. Quarterback De’Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the team for striking one woman in a bar, and running back Dalvin Cook has been suspended for allegedly striking another in a parking lot. The school president and head coach Jimbo Fisher have addressed the team to try to correct the problems.
“We need people to counsel these young people, not really trying to punish or castigate or change them as being the worst, evil, vile human beings on the earth,” Rolle told Huffpost Live. “But rather say “Look, you made a mistake. You did wrong. We all know what’s wrong. Now what are we going to do from here? What’s the solution?
“It’s a serious problem that we see not only with football players, but just young men in general being physically abusive to women. I traveled to Africa with President Clinton in this exact mission to prevent physical abuse against women, so it’s very sensitive to me.”
Rolle said it was important to separate the incidents from the entire team.
“This is not indicative of FSU,” Rolle said. “It’s not indicative against the football team. There’s a lot of good leadership down there. I think guys are just making bad mistakes and have bad people around them. ”