The Wisconsin media needs to stop confusing Green Bay Packers running back Noah Herron (pictured) with a hero.
I think we all have definitions of what a hero is, and most don't include an act of self defense.
In no way am I saying that Noah Herron was wrong by hitting an intruding burglar with a bed post at his home. That could have just as easily happened to you or I. How would I react? I don't know. But if I clobbered somebody because I felt my life was threatened, I don't think I'd consider myself a hero.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Herron is struggling with the situation, which is still under investigation. And who wouldn't. He may have caught a couple of intruders, but one of them is in a hospital bed, clinging to life.
One reporter from the Green Bay Press Gazette said Herron's actions would have made Jack Bauer proud. Bauer is played by actor Kiefer Sutherland on the hit Fox series "24". How ridiculous!
After McCarthy plead with reporters to respect Herron's privacy and steer clear of the subject, they immediately marched into the lockerroom to find out what Herron's teammates think. What is he going through? Are you surprised this could happen in little Green Bay, Wisconsin? Do you feel safe? Do you think Herron is a hero? Just some of the questions on the matter yesterday.
Herron is likely wrestling with the decision he made to use his bed post as a weapon. He'll struggle with that for awhile. He'll wonder why this burglar had to pick his house, putting himself in the position to begin with. Herron made the choice he made because he felt he had to. I have no problem with that. I just hope he can deal mentally with the situation and move on.
What Herron doesn't need is people comparing him to a fictional character that plays a role on television. He doesn't need to pick up the newspaper and read about how proud Jack Bauer would be.