NFL Star Stirs Controversy With Tweet About John Lennon

There was a Twitter challenge where you are supposed to state a “controversial yet unproblematic opinion,” and the Eagle’s NFL star Chris Long wrote: “John Lennon was a bad guy.” Needless to say, fans of John Lennon, as well as fans of the legendary band The Beatles, jumped right into a heated Twitter’s war to defend their idol.

It was pretty obvious to the general public that John Lennon was not the saint or a hero that so many people believe him to be. Lennon was abandoned by his father when he was younger and was forced to choose between his parents in the middle of their heated arguments before that. It wasn’t until Lennon became rich and successful that his father came back trying to get his acknowledgment. Although they resolved their problems and had some form of relationship, we couldn’t deny the impact Lennon’s family had on him. In September 1980, Lennon commented about his family and his rebellious nature:

“I was the one who all the other boys’ parents—including Paul’s father—would say, ‘Keep away from him’… The parents instinctively recognized I was a troublemaker, meaning I did not conform and I would influence their children, which I did. I did my best to disrupt every friend’s home … Partly out of envy that I didn’t have this so-called home … I could say, “Parents are not gods because I don’t live with mine and, therefore, I know.”

During a 1980 Playboy interview, John admitted that one of the Beatles’ songs – Getting Better, was actually “A diary form of writing.”

He mentioned in the interview: “All that “I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved 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 a 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.”

His first wife, Cynthia, did write a book on how brutal John Lennon was to her and said Lennon once slapped her on the face. His history of violence against women and his own son Julian is something that Lennon himself, as well as those close to him, spoke candidly about. “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time” – that’s what his lyrics delivered. So, did his past tendency of hitting people really make him a bad guy?

Chris Long surely still believed so. The Philadelphia Eagles wrote a response to angry fans in all caps: “JOHN LENNON WAS A BAD GUY AND IF THIS MAKES YOU MAD UNFOLLOW ME.” Long said that since he is not a big fan of the legendary band so “it’s easier,” for him to see past things. He also stated that he doesn’t “feel a need to cape for an abuser,” because he doesn’t care for the Beatles. Long also implied that some people only select what they want to believe and just fail to acknowledge the fact that John Lennon was a lot more different than his musician-self portrayed him to be.

Last season was Long’s second Super Bowl in two years. He played for two teams and that makes him one of four players to play in and win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams. His teammate, LeGarrette Blount also was one of the four to have accomplished the feat. After contemplating retirement, Long told the Eagles that he will return in 2018, and he received a nice raise in the process.

What do you think about Long’s opinion on John Lennon?

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