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New England Patriots asked Kyle Love to retire for a year

The New England Patriots decision to release solid defensive tackle Kyle Love yesterday after his recent diagnosis of Type-2 diabetes has been met with plenty of controversy, and I was not happy with the shocking news due to football reasons. I have no idea what the Patriots motives were and all that stuff, so I am not going to comment on the morality of the release and will wait to see how things play out.

Love’s agent Richard Kopelman was the one who broke the news of the release, and he told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that the Patriots gave his client two options. The Patriots stated that Love should either retire for a year or get released, and Love decided to continue playing instead of taking a year off. It sounds like Love is confident in his ability to quickly adapt to the challenges of diabetes (he’s reportedly lost 20 pounds of weight) and continue to be an effective defensive tackle in this league.

Although Florio uses this knowledge to further incriminate the Patriots (read his thoughts in the piece, I’m not going to restate them),it is possible to use the knowledge to justify the release from the Patriots perspective. Maybe the Pats decided that it was best for Love to take a year off and adapt to things so that they are sure he can continue playing football at a high level and won’t suffer any complications. Maybe the Pats are genuinely concerned about Love’s health going forward and don’t want him to rush things.

I don’t know which side to believe, and this news gives us more information but does clarify the Patriots motives for releasing Love. Honestly, I’m still not sure what to think and would like further comments from you guys below. At the end of the day, though, Love has made his decision to play elsewhere, and it is a noble one. I hope he does bounce back quickly and has a good season with his new team, and I’m sure he’ll get a chance with somebody. I am sure there are plenty of teams willing to sign a solid run-stopper, but I would not go as far to say that the Patriots are being classless with this release. I mean, you could make a compelling argument that the Patriots do indeed have Love’s best interests at heart. After all, Love is not bitter about the decision, and he has accepted his release and his decision. Not only did his agent say that, but you can also see it in the tweets on Love’s account.

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  • David Hunter

    No one should take Mike Florio seriously on anything he has to say concerning the Patriots. The man is a transparent hater of the team and does some of his most childish and snarky writing when commenting on this team. In the one piece I read earlier today, as an alleged attorney, he appeared to suggest that the Pats violate existing federal HIPAA law and reveal the health specifics as to Love’s release. Just silly, and conspiracy laden garbage that should be ignored without having all facts are in.

    • Joe Soriano

      Yes, I read that piece, and that’s why I was a bit wary about opining on what Florio said; I am trying to remain neutral. Florio’s snarkiness isn’t limited to the Patriots, but he does target the team a little too much. I remember he was adamant that Tom Brady’s decision to restructure his contract was actually a selfish one. One of my favorite Twitter moments was when Shalise Manza Young stood up to Florio’s complaints about newspaper paywalls online, and that stood for good entertainment last week. I certainly don’t hate Florio, but let’s just say that he isn’t one of my favorite NFL writers out there.

  • Jerrold Gilbert

    So, basically we don’t know enough about the situation to talk about it. Did you try to interview anyone from the Patriots? I don’t know if Love’s decision is “noble,” but there is too little information to speculate about morality.

    • Joe Soriano

      Hey Jerrold, what I was saying is that we don’t have enough information to incriminate or defend the Patriots motives. Why? Because we don’t know the Patriots motives. That was the uncertainty that I was addressing, while we do in fact know the choices that Love faced. Therefore, we can evaluate Love’s choice as either “right” or “wrong”. I know you are trying to be snarky and would love to tear apart the writer of a piece (it seems far too easy to do this from the comments section at times), but I don’t think you understand that I laid out the difference from which perspectives we can formulate accurate opinion on. I am sorry if I did not make that clear in the post, and you can be rest assured that I have made that clear now.

      • Jerrold Gilbert

        Thanks for your personal response. I stand corrected. Keep up the good work.

        • Joe Soriano

          Thank you, Jerrold, I appreciate the kind words and would like to apologize in case my initial comment was too harsh.