"The evidence shows on the film. But I never had intentions on cheating. I wasn't trying to cheat. I was competing, it was in the moment," he said, according to the Seattle Times. "Things are happening so quick. I honestly didn't even notice I did. I didn't try to hurt him or push him down to the ground, but it happened. It was just a reaction kind of thing. ...As far as pushing the defender, I was caught up in the moment, playing football. At that point, it was just like backyard football -- find a way to get the ball. I didn't intentionally try to shove him to the ground," he said, according to the newspaper.
While I understand being "caught up" in the the moment, there's no doubt in my mind he knew what he was doing! When Lisa Salters asked him if he pushed off his response was, "I don't know what you're talking about" when it should have been "It's quite possible. I'll have to go back and review the tape". Now he just looks like a liar.
His "confession" also leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of all Green Bay Packers and NFL fans. Tate picked up an additiona 5,000 to 6,000 Twitter followers, but not all the sentiment has been good.
"I've been called a cheater, I don't have any dignity, I'm not a Christian, a lot of hurtful things," he said.
Are fans making to much about something that's really just a game? Maybe. Maybe not. Here's the lesson: Sometimes in life, you get only a split second to say and/or do the right thing; to stand for what is right in spite of your own agenda. Sometimes, that split second decision can change everything.
Now that the referee lockout is over, we can get back to NFL games with a little more assurance that the integrity of the game will be restored.
And what about Golden Tate's integrity? Well, that remains to be seen.
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