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I saw Eric Mack and a couple other players in class today. The weird thing was that Mack was sitting all alone while the other players sat together. Ricky Parks, Casanova Mckninzy, Avery Young, and Gimel President came over and tried to talk to him, but Mack basically ignored them. Not sure if he's just a loner or if there is something more to it. I wan't the only one in class that thought it was an odd situation.
I can only imagine what Eric went through but I really hope he leans on his teammates while he is recovering from this tragedy.
I hope they are monitoring him very closely. He might need some kind of proffessional help.
Eric's got a "process" to work through dealing with a life-changing event, and everyone deals with trauma and loss in their own way and own time. The players did the right thing reminding him their with him, but giving him space. I hope he's getting some counseling. No matter how well he heals physically. The emotional baggage of that night will never be forgotten.
"Always remember that Goliath was a 40-point favorite over Little David." Shug Jordan
I'm wondering if Chette Williams is not perhaps significantly involved with Eric now? It seems heavily psychological from everything I have read.
With this kind of emotional trauma, psychological counseling is certain and, likely, appropriate medications.
He should be afforded a substantial recovery period away from the rigors of playing SEC football right now.
I have no idea what happened that. Is it possible he could be blaming himself for what happened, even if he shouldn't. No telling what goes through a person's mind after a thing like that
I know Eric and I see him all the time. Eric isn't doing too well with the loss of his good friends. But, that's not to say he's doing exceptionally bad either. He is being cared for and looked after very closely. His emotional and personal well being is a top priority within the AD, that I can assure you. Eric is kind of a quiet guy so it's not unusual to see him sit away from teammates and such. Also, the guys you mentioned are all new incoming freshmen compared to Eric being 2 to 3 years older and having been here much longer than them. There is well over 100 guys in the football program and not all of them hangout together. There are many small circles of close friends. They all know one another, but that doesn't mean they all hangout with each other all the time. Eric is fine and there is nothing to read into concerning you sitting in class and seeing Eric not sit with other football players.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by PhillipMarshall 20 months ago
No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it's over, we may say it's over, but the enemy gets a vote. - Gen. James Mattis
You my friend are out of line, and I mean way out of line. I don't know anything about the original poster, and I don't need to go back and research his posts to know that there was absolutely nothing inappropriate or insensitive with what he said. Not quite sure why you put the "AU player divided..." statement in quotes - you were the one that came up with that, not him. Your post should have ended with "there is nothing to read into concerning you sitting in class and seeing Eric not sit with other football players." I appreciated your post up to that point. After that, the wheels fell off - and I mean fell off and rolled into the ditch...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jbt 20 months ago
Let there be no doubt, I am indeed a proud Pop!! War Eagle!!
"The thing about quotes from the internet is that it’s hard to verify their authenticity." --Abraham Lincoln
No one talked about the shooting. Some people, my self included, were just wondering why he didn't sit with the other players.
I know that the shooting is probably taking it's toll on him, but that may not be the reason for his seclusion.
I was sitting in the student center getting breakfast about a year ago, and Eric Mack and few other players sat down behind me. I couldn't believe what I overheard. Eric Mack was basically dogging out several of the other players on the team. I remember specifically hearing him say that he couldn't stand Brandon Mosely. I wouldn't be surprised if Eric Mack just wasn't liked very much by his teammates, or that he doesn't like them. Take it for what it's worth.
The shootings will be a dark cloud that hangs over the psyche of most of the players all season and beyond.
Let's let the guys on the team deal with it in the ways that suit them, not us.
Awesome post thank you.
This post was edited by PhillipMarshall 20 months ago
Glad you shared about that, Johnathan. Will be praying for him!
I once had a gun pointed in my face during a robbery, and just that shook me up for a while. I can't imagine getting shot AND losing friends too. I really feel for the guy.
Don't worry about certain members. not long ago I had to listen to a couple of members berate me for relating a conversation I had with one of Pike's former teammates at Dixie Heights. This was before Pike was, um, a tight end mind you. I know how frustrating it can be getting criticized for relating an actual witnessed event. Don't sweat it.
I gave you a +1 to counter the -1 you had.
This post was edited by Auburn Ducks 20 months ago
Thanks for the reminder. I just edited a post with your comments in mind.
Post away boys but save the insults for the bammers - WDE
ON TO VICTORY - STRIKE UP THE BAND
Speaking of that, I went to lunch with some guys in from the Portlnd office today, and one of them asked me if I was from Memphis. I told him "No, I am originally from Alabama". He apparently assumed I was a Bammer and said something to the effect. I told him, "I have all of my teeth, my parents were married, and I have never lived in a trailer park. I am an Auburn man."
They cracked up.
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