As a Londoner, I was very upset to read Whitworth's comments about preferring to quit football rather than play for a London franchise. He never explained why, but does he not realize there are thousands of die-hard football fans in the UK, many no doubt Bengals supporters, whom he is disrespecting?
Why would London be so terrible? The travel between London and East Coast would be no different from travel between East and West coast for example.
Anyway, I've always loved Whitworth but reading some of the comments on the UK NFL website from fans there is definitely a question mark over whether his comments are just the reflection of him being an ignorant redneck who maybe doesn't even own a passport. People outside the US often think that move away from the coasts and many Americans everywhere else are extremely myopic, insular and narrow-minded, believing the US to be the be-all and end-all of world civilization and completely unaware of what goes on outside its borders.
Personally I've found people on CincyJungle to be open-minded, educated and intelligent, and have obviously noticed and enjoyed the significant input from, and interaction with, Brits, Irish, Australian, Serbian, Scandinavian (would Whit even know where these latter regions are?) and others.
So what do you think? Can you guys in the US see how badly Whitworth comes across with these comnents? Is he just an "ignorant redneck" and do we just accept that you get them in the NFL and we have to live with it and love him just the same?
I guess it wouln't be an issue if he wasn't team captain and NFL rep. But as a leader I was disapointed in him. Or maybe someone (preferably himself) can explain what is so awful about London that he would rather quit his career?