YardBarker- Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore is taking part in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week after sitting out OTAs earlier in the offseason.
Gilmore’s absence from these previous team activities was rooted in a contract stalemate between himself and the team.
Considering this week’s minicamp is mandatory, Gilmore would have been fined if he had decided to sit out. As evidenced by this tweet, it’s readily apparent the young cover guy isn’t happy about his current situation.
If there is anything worse than a lack of originality it's a failure to understand the intellectual property of others when unapologetically using it for your benefit. I wish that Stephon Gilmore used his own words when he decided to not-so-passive aggressively tweet about his frustrations with the his contractual status, but that's not even my biggest problem with his decision to do so. My biggest problem with this 'Beast Mode' parroting act is that it doesn't even pay respects to what Marshawn Lynch was trying to accomplish.
You see , "I'm just here so I won't get fined" is more than the semantic sum of it's parts. It's not a reason for doing something you don't want to do solely to avoid financial forfeiture, it's a placeholder for something you don't want to do solely to avoid financial forfeiture. For instance, if Stephon Gilmore was REALLY there just so he didn't get fined he would sit Indian-style at the 50 yard line and refuse to participate in drills. He would throw a tantrum a-la a kid in the candy aisle at the grocery store and make a spectacle of himself just to prove how little he cares about what he is being asked to do. The original architect of that timeless quote constructed it to dodge stupid, repetitive questions from the media. Not so that he could explain his displeasure in doing so after the fact. If Stephon Gilmore were truly "bout that action boss" he would do nothing more than show up to the Bills mandatory training camp and do the bare minimum. The second he started engaging in minicamp he compromised the integrity of the reference he so improperly cited, and I know one guy who wouldn't appreciate that...