I Feel Your Pain

July 03, 2007 |

My good friend, and Chicken Box Friday Co-Host Ken Zalis, wrote a blog earlier about the perils of a wrestling fan these days. I read his blog and he actually beat me to the punch. I don’t want to lie to you, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever watch the WWE with the same view I’ve watched it in the past.

However, I believe that we are always looking for someone to blame. I’m the way I am because of… No one ever takes responsibility for their own actions. It’s easier for us to blame it on an outside source. In this case, we blame steroids. Then, maybe there were not enough steroids, so we raid the doctor’s office and blame pain killers. Don’t forget about Vince McMahon. He runs this circus, so let’s blame him. He allowed this to go on.

Chris Benoit, like many other criminals, seemed as if he knew exactly what he was doing. Let’s keep in mind, his wife once filed for a divorce because of his weird behavior in the past. That seems to be a fact that is lost in all of this. Benoit had been abusive in the past.

My son, as I’ve told you all many times, is autistic. I don’t tell you that because I want anyone to feel sorry for me. I say it first of all, because I know we have listeners who feel as if they know someone who talks to them on a daily basis. Because of that, we feel comfortable with letting you in on certain aspects of our lives. I also tell you that because I’m very proud of my son’s accomplishments.

Robbie has progressed to more general education than special education every year he’s been in school. He’s also participated in both youth league football and baseball.

When he was diagnosed with autism, I felt sorry for myself. I’m ashamed to admit that, but it’s true. I thought about all of the things that I would be deprived of as a father. I thought of all of the things that I wanted to do with my son, and how I wouldn’t be able to do them now.

Then, I snapped out of it. I became more determined everyday that my boy was going to be a productive citizen in spite of his diagnosis. I realized that not only was he a blessing to my family, but we were suppose to be a blessing to him. Therefore, it was my duty to provide EVERYTHING for him. That’s not a burden, it’s an honor.

I read an article that suggested Chris Benoit snapped because he couldn’t handle taking care of a mentally challenged child. How dare you blame that innocent kid, who did not even ask to be born?

Chris Benoit was a horrible person. The WWE did not know the fact before they aired that special on him last week. Since then, they’ve dismissed Benoit as being a horrible person. They acted as if they doesn’t even exist. They haven’t made excuses for him, they’ve said nothing at all about him. Yet, we are looking for answers that will explain is behavior. He committed pre-meditated murder. Then, he was a coward and killed himself, rather than "face the music." Period, end of story.

I will continue to watch wrestling, because I’m a fan. Did you stop watching football when Rae Carruth killed a pregnant woman because he didn’t want to take care of the baby? Unfortunately, that is the world we live in. People from all walks of life do bad things. Is Vince McMahon without fault? No. But I’m not going to excuse Benoit because I feel McMahon should do more.

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