|An actual sports role model -- I thought they were extinct!
||[Mar. 1st, 2010|08:52 am]
Okay, I'm disappointed in people's actions all of the time. But sports figures over the past decade have really been disappointing. I mean, okay, it's tougher now -- with the media digging after you 24-7, everything you do is in the public eye. |
And -- they make so much money than they used to. And absolute power doesn't corrupt nearly as much as an absolutely insane amount of money. And while some sports figures have the advantage of having had a "good" upbringing, and have managed to hang onto that moral compass, for a lot of them, they were talented kids who were able to parlay that talent into a professional sports career -- usually not slowly, but catapaulting into instant attention, worship and money, without having the skill set to deal with it -- or the support network, the friends who tell you "dude, you're out of control." "Don't be a jackass." "Seriously, does your wife know..."
So, I've washed my hands of all of them. (Which wasn't hard, since my love of professional sports extends to...polo.)
But this kid -- seriously, can we clone him? If I were empress of the free world, I would make this clip part of every professional sportsperson's training. Actually, I'd make everyone watch it and take a test on it.
Not only does he show remarkable composure, not only does he say some truly wonderful things about how the world should be and how we should treat each other....
But he supports the free speech right of the people who denigrated him. And he's not looking for any kind of payback. He's not looking for the commentators to be censured, punished, or forced to apologize. All he wants if for them to THINK before they speak.
He gets a gold for moral fiber and his parents get a gold for raising him.