Found October 20, 2012 on Celtics Town:
This story isn’t meant to be primarily about Ray Allen, though he will stand as the prominent example in an inner debate I’m having with regards to a media phenomenon.My theory: Our views of athletes are distorted by the amount of time (and amount of friendliness with which) they speak to the media. Because Allen spent 15 minutes before every game holding court with reporters in a highly cordial manner, the theory goes, the media overreacts to his smiles and articulate nature and decides to paint him as a revered saint who wears a halo and regularly cures pre-pubescent children of diphtheria. His well-dressed image, early shot routine and well-contemplated musings on whatever topics were requested by the media became almost entirely how the media judged him. Digging deeper into Allen’s moral fiber would have been difficult and perhaps even futile, so he was judged for his becoming disposition as much as Rajon Rondo was judged for his surly, one-word answers to reporters’ questions. ...
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