The debate raging in the comments section yesterday in reaction to Ken Blankenship’s cri de coeur about Kirby Smart’s nefarious plot to deny his son a full scholarship left out one part of the puzzle — where Rodrigo himself stood in the situation. That was certainly by design, as Ken made it clear he was speaking only for himself and his wife, while Kirby wasn’t speaking publicly at all.
Well, now the kicker, or, I should say, The Kicker has weighed in.
After being a constant source of speculation, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship shared his thoughts on the season and the controversy regarding whether or not he deserves a a scholarship.
In a lengthy message posted via Blankenship’s Twitter account, the redshirt freshman kicker did not state whether or not he deserved a scholarship, as Blankenship deemed his opinion on the matter “irrelevant.”
Lengthy is right, but the gist of what he wrote can be found in three sentences.
… It is evident Georgia deserved better than what I was able to offer this season, and I would like to apologize for my clearly-defined deficiencies. I would also like to apologize for my father’s interactions with the media this season. He acted without my knowledge each time, and each incident was uncalled for.
The tone and message of the first line there comes off very differently in conjunction with what follows in the next two. The latter is an unambiguous disavowal by a son of his father’s tactics. The former, though, is something quite unlike that. Do you take it as a straightforward critique of his season in support of his head coach’s decision not to extend a full scholarship at present? Or is it a subtle passive-aggressive piece of snark offered up to mock that decision?
Your guess is as good as mine (and probably Kirby Smart’s), which actually makes it kind of brilliant.
Does it serve to calm the waters? With regard to the football program, it’ll probably be taken that way. But as far as Ken Blankenship goes, he doesn’t exactly strike me as the kind of guy who’s interested in taking anyone’s advice, including his son’s. I don’t expect the kvetching to be done just yet. After all, it’s not signing day and what better time to seek a little more attention over injustice?