I personally didn't like him even after when he first turned pro...never showed respect to his opponent after he beat him…can’t remember his name...
As a kid, I followed the work ethic of my father and mother (six kids, little education for borh) but they made sure we went to college and graduated, some with honors and two hold phd's. This doesn't make us any better than whomever but it shows that inspiration can come from the parents regardless.
I can understand the ones that have parents that allow anything, hell I had a lady tell me that she gives her daughter her ID to get into clubs because she's 16? WowJ
So yeah, if the parents are lack luster then the kids have to look elsewhere for direction. However, we need follow the positives that these people do and learn them to not follow the negatives.
If mick vick runs into a burning building to save a baby then great, follow that example (not saying run into a burning building, exactly) but if mick vick is burning dogs, learn that this is not acceptable behavior.
But, as long as the media glorifies unacceptable behavior then kids will be drawn to it.
The problems with role models are that people take one area they excel in and apply it to the complete persona. I think people should be chosen by what they do well at and be taught to recognize to know the difference in what to emulate. You can pick a family member, a local friend or a wealthy star/athlete and any combination thereof and still end up screwed up and let down if you're not taught that a person isn't necessarily living the perfect life because they made a lot of money or do something well.
Guy A donates to charities and done tons of volunteer work but ends up being charged with spousal abuse. Does this suddenly make his charity work fruitless or any less important because he was a screw up in other parts of his life? No, just be smart enough to know that you can learn something positive from his charity work as well as learn an important lesson about his home life.
He is still the best golfer in the world. They aren't paying him all this money for what he does off the links. I think people should mind their own business. The only person who deserves an apology from Tiger is his wife.
Some great thoughts in here. Hopefully, as others have said, it will be a lesson and a slap in the face for people who think that celebrities and athletes should be role models of morality for kids. What nonsense. Jayhawkk I totally agree with what you posted about recognizing what to emulate. It's common sense.
Yeah, the story about what's gone on in his personal life is juicy but does it make me feel any different about Tiger Woods as a golfer? Not really. In fact, I think I'm going to go and buy a few bottles of his Gatorade product and relable it as "F*%# Fuel".