I'm so tired of hearing people claiming a less than perfect background gives free passes to act like an idiot (Hammer, “City to Pacers: WTF??” Oct. 11-18). Even if our Pacer players grew up around strip clubs and guns, it's no reason to bring that lifestyle into their newly acquired success. These guys get paid millions to dribble a basketball because they have skills few others have. They grew up idolizing men that paved the way for a successful pro league, getting paid a fraction of current salaries, and yet still set a better example than any NBA player has touched since Reggie Miller or Michael Jordan. I personally believe that Pacer owners should start from scratch, players in general should be humbled by a smaller paycheck and ANYONE in a professional athletic jersey getting paid for a skill set they were lucky God gave them caught engaging in less than moral behavior should be bound by contract to live an exemplary life — no exceptions ... and those who cannot comply don't get to play the game.
Posted by indykat