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I am not a role model

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    Nike is known for their edgy commercials, and likely the most famous of those edgy commercials is the one that aired in 1993 featuring Charles Barkley, who said "I am not a role model". His explanation was simple:

    “Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids,” Barkley concluded.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/iconic-sports-commercials-charles-barkleys-i-am-not-a-role-model-055726035.html

    In spite of Barkley's words, though, there ARE numerous sporting figures who ARE role models. Colin Kaepernick is one of them, but so is Chris Long.

    I published an article about him exactly two years ago today, which you can read at the link below:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2018/02/another-man-of-integrity.html

    Two years in a row, he passed on a chance to visit the White Hour after his teams won a Superbowl, but his charity work also makes him a prime example of what a role model should be.

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    Boy scouts were supposed to exemplify role models, look where they're at now. It's true, parents should possibly be, and can be the best role models, and some are, but maybe most are not. I knew one thing for sure when growing up and going out on my own (leaving the nest), I never wanted to be anything like my father, and I was not. As a baby boomer, I didn't have any role models, I wanted to be my own person. I never looked up to anyone. Never wanted to be like anyone either.

    Kaepernick I don't see as a role model, but I can appreciate his stance on equality for all.

    If being a role model means that a person stays out of trouble with authorities and getting good grades in school and doing the right thing all of the time, then there's no wiggle room for that person to occasionally fall off the wagon and get into some sort of trouble.

    I admired Glen Campbell's music, some of his songs I liked because they told a story, when news broke that he was arrested for drunk driving, I was shocked. I'd always thought of Glen as being a person of good judgement and a person who knew right from wrong. I was sort of saddened that he basically turned himself into an alcoholic and a drug abuser. He withered away slowly with Alzheimer's disease, it was pitiful to watch interviews of him with that debilitating disease. Truly pitiful.

    Be careful of who we pick as role models.

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    Boy scouts were supposed to exemplify role models, look where they're at now. It's true, parents should possibly be, and can be the best role models, and some are, but maybe most are not. I knew one thing for sure when growing up and going out on my own (leaving the nest), I never wanted to be anything like my father, and I was not. As a baby boomer, I didn't have any role models, I wanted to be my own person. I never looked up to anyone. Never wanted to be like anyone either.

    Kaepernick I don't see as a role model, but I can appreciate his stance on equality for all.

    If being a role model means that a person stays out of trouble with authorities and getting good grades in school and doing the right thing all of the time, then there's no wiggle room for that person to occasionally fall off the wagon and get into some sort of trouble.

    I admired Glen Campbell's music, some of his songs I liked because they told a story, when news broke that he was arrested for drunk driving, I was shocked. I'd always thought of Glen as being a person of good judgement and a person who knew right from wrong. I was sort of saddened that he basically turned himself into an alcoholic and a drug abuser. He withered away slowly with Alzheimer's disease, it was pitiful to watch interviews of him with that debilitating disease. Truly pitiful.

    Be careful of who we pick as role models.

    I think that Trump is the greatest role model this country ever had, ha ha. Lots of people, about 50%, think so here; get me the barf bucket!