When an athlete joins the ranks of their respective sports elite level, they have a responsibility to represent themselves in a way that kids can emulate.
These guys have an influence on us, dude.
Think what a kid is learning from their behavior.
Do what you want after your out of the league, but be professional when you are in it.
Still think Barkley is a crack up though.
I imagine that Charles was jsut being Charles, and giving football players a hard time, in jest. I've heard him say that he had no business being smacked around on the football field, before. :D
Just to make a point...Barkley said he isn't a role model, but unlike too many of today's punks he composed himself in a manner that was reasonable and honorable. He didn't get in trouble with the law, or beat women, do drugs or even get DUIs that I'm aware of. He had a bit of a temper on the court, but really most good players do get pretty intense.
I like the guy, and I think his main point is that if he is your kids main role model, your kid has some serious problems at home...YOU!!!
Well said...rep added.
I agree that these guys should compose themselves in a manner that is in line with being a leader and role model in your community. However my point was that Sir Charles did so, even though he stated that he shouldn't be considered a role model.