Rashod Bateman Opts Back Out…
Rashod Bateman has opted back out of the 2020 college football season and will not play in anymore games with the Minnesota Gophers. Bateman made his announcement in a social media post.
Thank you Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/ANVtBYnCdr— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) November 25, 2020
Good for Rashod… but…
Rashod Bateman is destined for the NFL and will likely return to his former agent, Blake Barantz, right here in Minnesota. I hope the dude gets drafted in the 1st round and goes on to become an NFL Hall of Famer. Following him from his epic recruitment and through a record-breaking sophomore season, will be something I never forget.
But I’m not going to celebrate this move. I don’t blame him for making a business decision to leave the Gophers early again, but that doesn’t mean I have to respect what he’s doing either.
Be ready to finish what you start…. or don’t start.
There’s a lot of money on the line and an injury could cost Bateman millions of dollars. I’ve never had that kind of money on the line when making a decision based on my own moral code… but why opt-in if you’re just going to bail as soon as things go poorly?
I was taught to finish things you start. This season is now 5 games in and your teammates are going through a disappointing and difficult year. Opting back out early just because the Gophers aren’t competitive in the Big Ten West anymore? Is he opting out right now if Minnesota’s 5-0…? Probably not.
But again… I’ve never had millions of dollars on the line so who the fuck am I to talk? I hope Rashod takes the NFL by storm in 2021 and becomes a football legend.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan