"A columnist's role isn't to blindly lead cheers. Nor is it a blank check to slam individuals solely because you have been given a club. But there is a responsibility to raise questions and express doubts. There should be a commitment to deflate the smug and arrogant, because, after all, this is only sports — a useful diversion and an increasingly influential business, but hardly irreplaceable in our everyday lives.
A columnist hopes readers come away with a better understanding of what motivates his vision of sports today. He hopes they understand that the objective is to stir their emotions, make them laugh, cry, shout or swear, but most important, make them think."
So sad to hear about the death of Drew Sharp, longtime Detroit Free Press columnist. We worked together at the paper. Drew was a good man.— Rob Parker (@RobParkerWXYZ) October 21, 2016
Rest In Peace Drew Sharp @freep very sad that you are no longer with us. Prayers to family and friends.— Isiah Thomas (@iamisiahthomas) October 21, 2016
I was just laughing and hanging out with Drew Sharp yesterday. This man taught me so much and took me under his wing. I miss him already.— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) October 21, 2016
Incredibly hard to process right now that Drew Sharp is no longer with us, he will be sorely missed as a columnist and moreover as a friend.— Karsch and Anderson (@DougAndGator971) October 21, 2016