The heat of battle.
That’s where we often place the blame for a lot of the things that come out of our mouths.
So when Kobe Bryant insults an official with a vulgar word modifying a slur offensive to homosexuals, some want to excuse it, no questions asked.
And when Josh Hamilton throws his third base coach under the bus for his part in a play in which Hamilton is injured, some want to place all the blame on the relatively anonymous coach rather than the superstar.
Intensity and passion combined with pressure sometimes leads to raw emotion that manifests itself in negative utterances or rants that are regretted, sometimes as they are being spewed. It’s part of the human condition for all but the calmest souls, especially people with high-stress jobs. And when every move is watched by millions …
Not an excuse; they’re wrong. And they’re public figures viewed by many youngsters as role models, and are supposed to do better.
But this is also part of what makes them human.