Found April 03, 2012 on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL:
Former NBA legend turned NBA broadcaster Charles Barkley has made many memorable statements over the years; however the one that has stuck with me, was when he uttered the simple phrase in a commercial “I am not a role model.” Regular readers of these pages are well aware of my views on professional athletes being role models for children; the only lessons that children should learn from pro athletes is how to successfully play the sport that they star in. If your children are learning their moral values from one of today’s professional athletes; then you are derelict in your duties as a parent in my opinion. Ideally, a child’s moral compass should be in tune with a parent or family member, or perhaps a teacher or community leader. Although I have met many quality people in covering pro sports since 1995; they are not the first people who jump into my head when trying to come up with a figure for young people to emulate. The latest example of an NBA player acting the fool is Washin...
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