Did Blake Griffin Really Need To Explain That He Is Not “Soft”?
Blake Griffin wants you to know that he’s not soft. No, really, he does. He’s heard some of you out there talking about how “soft” he is, and he wants to let you know that he’s not soft. Not in the slightest. So what is he doing to prove it? Well, he’s not going out on the court and playing tougher. He’s also not getting his teammates to back him up. And he’s not running around this offseason posterizing people in summer leagues. Instead, he’s talking about just how not soft he is. Specifically, he did an interview with ESPN earlier this week in which he explained that he doesn’t agree with the assessment that he’s soft.
“I’ve never really worried about being called soft or people think I’m soft,” he said. “If anybody wants to step and take that challenge, I’m more than happy—off the court—because I don’t want to get suspended. It’s not something that I dwell on. I’ve never really had a problem with being soft.”
Griffin was asked about being “soft” because one of his teammates Chauncey Billups referred to him as “too nice” during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take last month. He said that he didn’t want to go as far as calling Griffin soft. But he did want to stress that being a tough guy just isn’t a part of Griffin’s personality. But during the ESPN interview, Griffin begs to differ. He insinuates that he is tough and that there’s nothing soft about him.
Our question: Why did he even bother? Listen, we wouldn’t want anyone accusing us of being soft. It’s just not a nice word to have attached to your name. But at the same time, your actions speak louder than words when it comes to proving your toughness. So if Griffin wants to be known as a tough guy, he should go out on the court during the 2013-14 NBA season and prove just how tough he is. He should scrap with other players, throw down crazy dunks and stare people down, and be a nuisance for guys on other teams. That will prove that he’s not soft, not him simply saying it in an interview.
We understand that Griffin was asked a question and that he felt obligated to answer it in a certain way. But we don’t think that him saying he isn’t soft really did anything to help his reputation. Instead of talking tough, he needs to be tough next season. Then, we’ll all see what kind of player he really is. But until then, we’re not ready to take the “soft” label off of him just yet. Sorry, Blake. But you have to show and prove before we’ll do that.