Shut Up DeRo!
Dwayne De Rosario: “The drama continues. Nana keep your head up!“ via Twitter
The above little nugget came to my attention on Friday afternoon as the TFC Twitter-verse kind of exploded after former Toronto FC captain and current New York Red Bull Dwayne De Rosario decided to weigh in on an article in the local Toronto press about the contract status of young defender Nana Attakora.
And this is officially it for me with this guy. To hell with him!
Until today I was willing to give DeRo to some degree the benefit of the doubt. On his return to BMO Field in October I was planning to not boo him at all as a way to thank him for his exemplary service on the field in his 2+ seasons in TFC red. I was willing to let bygones be bygones. He had moved on and so had we. In fact I probably would have given him the same kind of applause that I gave Carl Robinson when he returned last season with New York.
But after today that has all changed.
DeRo (a.k.a. “MeRo”) was tweeting his thoughts on a recent article posted by CBC soccer beat writer John Molinaro, who quoted Nana Attakora and his agent. The article stated that Nana was allegedly being frozen out of the lineup by Toronto FC because of an ongoing contract dispute that as it stands today will see Nana out of contract in the summer and be in a position to negotiate with other clubs. Nana’s agent also claimed that because of this dispute TFC were actively shopping Attakora to other MLS clubs in a potential trade. The piece is here.
And here is Nana’s comments after practice on Friday afternoon that are largely centered around his response to the piece.(courtest TFC TV)
As well Coach Winter stated after training on Friday that he felt the article’s assertions were groundless and that Nana’s lack of playing time was due more to increased depth at the position he plays and due to a lack of both form and performance on the part of the player in training and in game situations. Take it for what it is worth but he did state that Nana is not being “frozen out”.
But I digress… the Nana thing is not what I want to write about today.
What more than anything else I want to know is what was going through the mind of Dwayne when he decided that it was time to stir the pot in Toronto once again even though he has left the club and is now playing for another team altogether?
The only logical reason I can think of for him doing this is in some spiteful ploy to try and incite more controversy and animosity within a club that he is no longer a part of. Even if one gives Dwayne the benefit of the doubt about how he was treated in Toronto…Even if you totally believe him and disbelieve TFC management in how his issues and concerns were handled or not handled in his time here, the fact that he decided to try and stir the pot today speaks to a huge lack of class and professionalism on his part.
And all he has to do is to look a ways down the bench in New York to see a player who had similar issues in his time in Toronto, but who decided to be a classy professional. Carl Robinson was in my eyes treated shabbily by Mo Johnston and this treatment led to his departure from Toronto to New York early last year. One can perhaps argue that Carl was one of the few true leaders this club ever had in its short tenure. And in spite of how he was treated Carl took the professional high road and left town in a classy way. Upon his return last season with New York, when he scored a late goal in a 4-1 Red Bull victory he even refused to celebrate with his teammates as a sign of respect to the fans that he appreciated and respected so much in his time here.
Me thinks if DeRo plays here on October 1st when New York comes to town and if (god forbid) he scores a goal, I do not think he will be the classy individual Carl Robinson was in the same circumstance.
You know what?? New York can have him. In time he will emerge there as the surly locker room cancer he eventually became in Toronto. Its always been that way with that guy in city after city after city.
I wish it was not this way Dwayne. But you brought it upon yourself. Expect to hear thousands of voices in October calling you what you have truly become to me, a “T.O. Reject!”.
What a shame.
What do you think? Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.