I think it takes bravery to talk about mental health problems publicly, and the reaction in some of these chats has shown why.
I don't want to overlook the good -- there has been an encouraging amount of support and positive conversation -- as a result of Fowler's comments.
There has also been some reaction that comes across as, well, unhealthy.
The guy says he was depressed. Wasn't himself. Felt lost. Looked for help.
His wife says the same, and described watching him navigate this struggle.
And the immediate reaction of some seems to be: prove it!
As if we need to see his prescriptions or doctors' notes or something.
As if a mental health problem is only legitimate if it fits into whatever convenient box you want to assign to it.
As if he's making it up if he does not feel comfortable going into those details.
As if the Cardinals are making it up if they say, look, we can't tell you what an employee did or did not receive from us in terms of help with this.
I don't understand this angle.
The guy wasn't right. He is being candid about it, and that takes a dose of bravery because he knows what reactions will come as a result.
I respect the heck out of that.
I also think his physical health, specifically his feet, are still a huge factor in how this season goes for him.