Ezekiel Elliott appears to be in bed sleeping comfortably in the background of a woman’s Snapchat picture posted over the weekend. He now joins James Harden and Julian Edelman as athletes who have had their pictures taken while slumbering, with the obvious implication that it was proceeded by some cuddling.
Consenting adults should be afforded the opportunity to engage in acts consenting adults enjoy. In 2016, professional athletes can no longer expect secrecy.
Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long had a strong reaction to the Elliott picture hitting the internet.
"Rule #1 don't sleep over"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
"Nobody in our generation can be trusted! Everyone trying to use each other for gain. It's gross. It's not attractive and it's not gonna stop"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
"As an athlete I'm merely a trophy on the wall of an avg female. It's really saddening that this is the culture we live in now"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
"I'm not saying ME as in I'm the only one. If you're in a position of power or recognition you will be poached like an elephant"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
"You meet someone nice, take them to dinner have great conversation and they ask – "hey smile!" – I'm like "what's that?" – "snapchat!" ??"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
"Nobody broke my heart! I'm feeling for these young rookies and young athletes everywhere who have to deal with this https://t.co/Ci6G6qn6vG"- — Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 1,
There are many injustices in the world people are more passionate about than professional athletes’ privacy but Long’s comments are reflective of the difficulties facing people in the public eye.
Keep this in mind the next time you hear some pundit ranting about how young players need to stay off social media. Both Elliott and Laremy Tunsil’s off-the-field activities were shared by other people. There really is no escaping the omnipresence of cell phone cameras. All it takes is one person with an agenda and an internet connection.
I fully understand that no point made here is revolutionary. If I sound out-of-touch, that’s because I’m a 32-year-old man struggling to understand the decision to post a picture of someone sharing your bed without their permission or knowledge. That I’ll freely admit.