Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/30/13
In the last couple of weeks we’ve learned that both Alex Morgan and Johnny Manziel are privileged children of the elite. It doesn’t diminish their achievements on the field at all. But it does matter quite a bit in shaping who they are and how we should view them. Whether you’re a trust fund baby or from a low income background isn’t the major factor deciding whether you win or lose the game, but we all know it’s a dominating factor in where you end up in life. In many ways, America actually has less social mobility today than Great Britain. And just like Johnny Manziel is fourth generation Texas oil money. Alex Morgan had a pretty sweet and very hard to get luxury ride handed to her before she even graduated high school. According to a recent story in Sports Illustrated, Alex Morgan was handed the keys to a brand new silver Lexus IS 350 in high school by her parents. Apparently she “earned it” by doing well in school, and exceeding in extra-curriculars. So Alex Morgan was essentially a good kid, we’re told in the Grant Wahl story “Alex in Wonderland,” but then again lots of kids make the national honor society and play varsity sports in prep school. They don’t all get free premium luxury sedans. “The 250 is the standard, but she wasn’t having that,” the father of Alex Morgan is quoted on page 54 of the June 24th SI. They could only find two 350s available on the West Coast (Alex Morgan grew up in Diamond Bar, California) so Alex and her father flew to Phoenix and then drove one back to Los Angeles. So Alex Morgan didn’t just have a sweet brand new Lexus as a teen; she had an extremely hard to find Lexus. The article goes on to say that Alex Morgan makes more than a million per year (mostly of endorsements) today. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@paulmbanks). The post Alex Morgan drove a very rare Lexus IS 350 in high school appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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