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Posted by Craig on 05:07:00 AM in Sports
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I experienced several, sometimes conflicting, feelings while reading this. I can't say that sadness was one of them.
Joe R. |
June 01, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Sad? Predictable is more like it. How can reaping that which has been deliberately sown sad? I got tired of reading about how arrogant athletes threw away the important things [and lots of money] in life many years ago. I they're not smart enough to pay even a little attention to reality why should I find it sad when reality bites them in the ass?
I just look back a few weeks to the death of Stan Musial. He was every bit as good an athlete in his profession as Iverson, AND he was a fine man and human being. I was sad when Stan the Man died. When Iverson goes I won't notice or care.
June 01, 2013 at 11:01 AM
This story reminded be of Robert Swift. Then reading the above two comments saddened me further because of the very hard heartedness, unnecessarily, towards someone that they don't even know.
I'm always so surprised (but know I shouldn't be) at the complete hard heartedness of some people. Part of what makes the story sad is that it IS predictable. The biggest tragedies in human history are tragedies because they ARE predictable, meaning that they are completely avoidable. Human flaws make it very hard for people to see the flaws in themselves.
Is it really so hard to understand that a man is arrogant and shallow, yet feel sadness towards him at the wreckage he's caused in his own life? To know that a man does indeed reap what he sows, yet understand that the most important part that causes the sorrow during the reaping is that the sowing took place? The tragedy is not just the emotional bleakness in this person's life, but the very real fact that it didn't have to be that way.
June 02, 2013 at 12:29 AM
How can you blow a $150 million? Blow?
Too many movies and TV shows (House comes to mind) about how the talented don’t have to be moral, nice, or decent.
"it didn't have to be that way”
Character—or more appropriately, the lack of—is destiny.
June 02, 2013 at 09:35 AM
I find it interesting that acknowledging reality equals being hard-hearted. I feel somewhat sad for his children, as they didn't ask to have him for a parent. I feel way less sad for a woman who took [apparently] 20 years to figure out the situation. Would I help them? Probably.
Don't confuse soft-heartedness with actual caring. Too often it's more like soft-headedness and it tends to support and exacerbate the sort of behavior exhibited by Iverson.
June 02, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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