Dominique Easley on detractors: They don’t know who I am

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After the Patriots released defensive tackle Dominique Easley this offseason, some anonymous teammates went to the media with critical comments about Easley’s personality and the way he fit in the team’s locker room.

Others had nicer things to say about Easley, but the fact that the Patriots dispatched a first-round pick before he played his third season with the team seemed to suggest that there were issues with Easley, who has also dealt with several injuries, that the team didn’t see improving over time. When asked about his detractors, Easley says they’re entitled to their opinions even though he’s quick to point out how uninformed those opinions are.

“People are people. I can’t be mad at who they are. If they feel like that, they feel like that,” Easley said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “They don’t know who I am. They didn’t grow up with me. They didn’t live with me. They didn’t live through things that I’ve been through. So how are you going to tell me who I am?”

Easley landed a one-year deal with a non-guaranteed salary of $600,000 with the Rams, which suggests that there were other doubts around the league about how much Easley will contribute despite his obvious on-field talent. Easley says his job this year is to “show them otherwise” while helping the Rams settle into life in Los Angeles.

18 responses to “Dominique Easley on detractors: They don’t know who I am

  1. Maybe he was a problem.
    Hopefully this wakes him up and causes him to shape up.
    Look at it this way – the Patriots did him a favor by sending him a wake up call.
    Now he knows it’s a real problem, and he can take more serious steps to deal with it.
    You can modify your behavior so you stop harming yourself.

    Good luck and I hope he turns it around.

  2. If you achieve the top level at any profession, no one will care what you went through to get there, just that you perform once you are there.

  3. Wouldn’t presume to tell Easley who he is as a person. But as a player we know he’s Belichick’s only straight up 1st round bust. Maroney and Meriweather may have been drafted too high relative to their contributions but at least they got something out of them and in Maroney’s case something for him as well. Drafting low in the round they took a risk on an injured guy that was supposed to have huge upside and it didn’t work out. Maybe it will elsewhere but cutting him certainly sends a message to the rest of the team. In NE you are expected to work hard and do your job or you will be doing it elsewhere.

  4. People are always very quick to label others. With social media and online anonymity, and this attitude that everyone else always knows better than you about your situation. How you should feel. How you should act. Etc. Also interesting that an organization that is always getting the short end of those kinds of comments, never stoops to the level that people act like they stoop to. If they were as bad as they are, wouldn’t we know the details of the departure of players like Easley? What happens behind the scenes at Gillette, stays behind the scenes at Gillette. Simple as that. Gotta respect the way they handle personnel

  5. Or maybe they do know who you are, you just don’t like what they have to say.

  6. “They don’t know who I am. They didn’t grow up with me. They didn’t live with me. They didn’t live through things that I’ve been through. So how are you going to tell me who I am?”

    They worked with you on a daily basis.

  7. I never heard anything negative about his personality or work ethic. However, he always seemed to be injured. He was oft injured before he was selected in the draft. Sometimes that works out to be a steal, like Gronk. Sometimes it doesn’t. The fact that only the Rams wanted him, and got him at such a ridiculously low price, suggests that there is some truth to those rumors.

  8. Greg Hardy – “You don’t know who I am”

    Ray Rice – “You don’t know who I am”

    etc etc etc

  9. This was from the original story in the Boston Globe. As a Patriots fan, I am annoyed and glad he’s gone.

    Easley’s relationship with the Patriots got off on the wrong foot when he arrived to their rookie minicamp shortly after the 2014 draft and couldn’t participate — not because of his knee injury, but because of injuries to his ankles, arms, and wrists sustained when bitten by his pet pitbull two weeks before the draft. The dog, which weighed more than 100 pounds, bit two other people plus an animal care worker and had to be euthanized in Palm Beach County, Fla.

    Easley had not told any teams about these injuries prior to the draft, and the Patriots were not happy when they found out, as the injuries set him back in his ACL rehab. Easley was on the field for Week 1 of 2014 but didn’t get significant playing time until Week 3. He really only played in nine games his rookie year, and was placed on IR with three games left in the regular season.

  10. “They didn’t live with me. They didn’t live through things that I’ve been through. So how are you going to tell me who I am?”

    So the only people who truly know you are your immediate family? Is that why EVERY school shooter’s loved ones have come out and said: “We NEVER thought he would do something like this!”

    Even your family doesn’t know you, Dominique. You spend enough time away form them cultivating your own likes & dislikes, eventually you’re just introducing people to your “representative”, as Chris Rock once said. Your family gets to see the ‘family you’, friends see the ‘friend you’, girlfriends see the ‘boyfriend you’ etc etc.

    If anyone has the right to judge the “football player you”, it was your coach and your fellow teammates. And guess what? They PAID you so they would never have to see you again. In Seth Meyer’s words: “Usually, that’s called a divorce.”

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