We have a bunch of hypocrisy going on in just a few short months of another high profiled athlete who dealt with issues of mental health.
Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is stepping away from football to “focus on my mental wellbeing,” he announced on Sunday. Ridley was ruled out of Atlanta’s game on Sunday vs. the Panthers due to an undisclosed personal matter. During the second half of the contest, Ridley released a statement providing an update on his status.
“These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing,” Ridley wrote. “This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future.
“I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our great fans, my friends, and my family for all of their support during this time.”
He has been widely praised for speaking out and dealing with his mental health while Simone Biles was largely blasted for doing the same thing during the Tokyo Olympics.
Following superstar gymnast Simone Biles citing concerns of mental health after shockingly pulling out of the women’s team competition, a number of media figres and fans attacked her for supposedly being a “quitter” and “selfish sociopath” who had brought “shame on her country.”
“I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself,” a tearful Biles said. “I came here, and I felt like I was still doing it for other people. So that just hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.”
Social media also noticed this dynamic and called it out as well.