Originally posted by eonblue:
I think the answer to your question is he wont be able to convince everyone and there's no guarantee he can convince the locker room. The locker room has a better understanding of his character than the general public does and if he is indeed a racist than his comments will probably resonate with his behavior. He's going to have to put the work in, and probably the least important but most effective method of clearing this up would be for him to perform on the field. If he can help the team be successful the team will be much more likely to accept him. As far as other teams are concerned I can't tell you how that would workout but I guarantee he would meet some resistance. He would have to meet with leaders of the team and gain their trust. Vick vouching for him this morning was pretty huge for this process.
Well, Vick vouching for him was pretty big, it was probably good for Vick as well to show his leadership qualities given he is competing for the starting QB job. To me, is just not creditable to say hey I am sorry, I am not like that, it might sound more genuine if he were to admit he does have certain issues and will need to work on it. Good performance on the field is one thing, that is not to say the teammates will all of a sudden gravitate towards him.again. He will need to do a lot of work off the field. Keep socializing with all his teammates, black or white, buy them drinks, invite them over for dinners, go golfing together, etc, etc. Racial feelings are very personal, it won't just blow over in a jiffy.