While most of Philadelphia was sobbing over the fact that the 76ers blew a game against the Celtics, Eagles defensive end Chris Long was sending Twitter into an uproar for stating his opinion about a music legend.
One of Long’s users asked him to state a “controversial yet unproblematic opinion,” and Long responded by ripping John Lennon of the Beatles for being abusive toward women.
After an hour passed by and Long’s Twitter mentions undoubtedly filled up with differing opinions, he doubled down in all caps.
Long is referring to Lennon interview in 1980 in which he admitted to being physically abusive to women. Lennon was asked by Playboy magazine about the Beatles’ song “Getting Better” and the meaning behind it.
“It is a diary form of writing. All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me,” Lennon said. “I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically — any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.
“Everything’s the opposite. But I sincerely believe in love and peace. I am not violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence. I will have to be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated women as a youngster.”
Many who replied to Long’s tweet about Lennon being an abuser seemed to be unable to separate the musician from the man. After a night in which he described his mentions as “cooked,” Long implied that some people only want to believe what they want to believe and have tried to block out Lennon’s appalling actions.
Long might not care much for Lennon, but the defensive end is part of a pretty historic four-man group just like Lennon was.
Last season was his second Super Bowl in two years, and he did it with two different teams. Teammate LeGarrette Blount also accomplished the feat, and that makes them two of four players to play in and win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams.
The others were Ken Norton Jr. with the Cowboys in 1993 and 49ers in 1994, and then Deion Sanders with the Niners in 1994 and the Cowboys in 1995.
After contemplating retirement, Long has told the Eagles he will return in 2018, and he received a nice raise in the process.
If the Eagles are able to repeat as champs, Long will join Norton as the only players in NFL history to win Super Bowls in three consecutive years.
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