It hasn’t helped Rose’s case that the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson returned from a similarly devastating ACL injury the previous December and had one of the best seasons ever by a running back. Or that the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert has worked his way back into the lineup as a solid contributor after suffering a similar injury at roughly the same time.
Worse, some of the same qualities that endeared Rose to his hometown — toughness, humility and the kind of quiet leadership that inspired teammates to play hard all the time — are working against him now. No matter how honestly he tries to assess things — “...I’m only 24 years old, I’ve got the whole future in front of me.” — the words wind up being thrown back in his face. In what can only be called the most deranged reaction, a fan in Peoria reportedly filed a lawsuit claiming that Rose’s absence caused him to suffer emotional distress and eat his way to obesity.
Shame on all of them
Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.