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Steve "Sparky" Fifer

Role Model

 What really is a role model? By definition: a person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others If that’s the definition of role model, how is Brandon Jennings not?

 According to his tweet after the loss to the Suns on Tuesday night he apparently doesn’t want to be one. I understand that Charles Barkley started all of this athletes shouldn’t be role models talk, however, athletes are role models whether they like it or not. Kids all over this country imitate what NBA players do on the court when they play on the playground. If you don’t want to be a role model, then end your deal with Under Armour and stop promoting “your” shoes to kids and adults all over the country. Tell the Bucks you’d prefer them not sell your jerseys anymore. Go to Kmart and buy an ordinary shoe that any average person can buy for 30 or 40 dollars, let’s get rid of twitter because that clearly influences people as well, when you start talking about your personal life like what type of music you listen to or your thoughts on women and other aspects of life.

 For the life of me, I’ll never understand the mentality of professional athletes who many boys and girls grow up wanting to be like. I think many of them forget what it was like growing up idolizing their favorite players, and how they would do anything to be in their shoes. Then one day, they reach a level similar to that person and all of sudden don’t like being held to higher expectations then everybody else. Sure they like the free stuff that comes with it and all the people that want to be with you or around you. However, when you may not give full effort or pout like a baby when you don’t get your way and people criticize you because they don’t understand how a person making that much money to play a “game” could act that way, you get angry and shout “I’m not a role model”.

 Based on the way Brandon acted Tuesday night, maybe he’s right, maybe you should tell your kids to pick somebody else to be their role model in basketball. I don’t have kids but if I did, I wouldn’t want my kid acting the way he did. How about you?         

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02/08/2012 7:24PM
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02/08/2012 10:13PM
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Lots of reasons for this....some say it's parents fault for not instilling the correct values or that things are too easy or make other excuses. Funny thing is that everyone who acts like an jaf eventually pays the piper. Their day will come and that's the real lesson - it doesn't have to be that way. Character always matters. I'm not sure social media or our increasing dependence on amusement has really caused any of this...it does seem to have amplified it, though. Hero's used to be able to stand the test of time but technology, for all it's good, also has shortened that time period. Today's hero's last until we find out something we really didn't need to know. The message, now more than ever, is make every minute count! John from Tosa
02/14/2012 12:23PM
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You nailed it Sparky.
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