Several months ago, we posted that athletes like Tom Brady, Brian Urlacher and Matt Leinhart set horrible examples for fans and should be chastised; not lauded as heroes.
Well, it seems someone was paying attention.
Congressional candidate Kevin Thompson had this message for Brady and his ilk:
“Many millions of small, adoring fans look up to Brady only to find him chasing models, fathering children out of wedlock, and unashamedly engaging in an immoral lifestyle,” Thompson writes. “This is the man we look up to, admire, and spend money to purchase tickets to see . . . What kind of world is this if Tom Brady is not absolutely ashamed of himself? He, a grown man, is showing the maturity of a hormone-driven teenager.”
We have brought this message to light in the past, and couldn't agree more.
Which are impressionable young fans more likely to emulate: allegedly order the shooting of bouncers at strip clubs or take up misogynistic, philandering ways?
Which players are going to effect greater numbers of young fans: the demonized and hated Negro athlete, or the glorified and deified white quarterback?
Clearly, Roger Goodell has spent his time reviewing the lifestyles of and suspending the wrong athletes.
The time has come to send a message to the other athletes that feel they are above reproach.
Send that message commissioner, show the fans you really want to clean up the game.