The Role Model in Professional Sports

January 7th, 2010 by Josh McCain Leave a reply »
Here in the Nation's Capitol, the second most talked about sports story is that Gilbert Arenas felt one of the best places to store his fire arms was his NBA locker at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

This has sparked a slew of conversation both locally and nationally.

I have given little concern towards it because there are so few facts and most of what has been reported so far has been of the he said, she said variety.

However, this morning as I was driving into work one of the local radio stations decided to do a call in poll. They asked two questions.

The first, "was the league to hard on Gil?"

And the second, "would you still allow your kids to have him as a role model?"

The second question immediately took me back to the old Nike commercials with Sir Charles Barkley and his "I'm no Role Model" motto.

He may or may not have wanted to be a role model, but his image was that of a bad boy, so the motto fit him perfectly.

However, whether an athlete wants to be role model or not isn't up to them.

Kids see what these men and women do on the field of play and a ...

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