Friday, May 14, 2010
Are We Supposed to Applaud?
Trey Kerby of Yahoo Sports gave us what is supposed to be an uplifting article about how Kenny Anderson went back to get a degree after he fell on hard times after basketball. I get it. This guy didn't become just another statistic in the book of sports stars who fell apart after their career ended.
It's called life; the majority of us deal with it every day. Welcome to the party, Kenny.
Is it really uplifting though?
For those of you who aren't aware, Kenny Anderson was a New York City baskeball phenom in the late 1980's and wound up as the second pick of the NBA draft in 1991. Talk about winning the lottery.
He made $60 million over his career, yet because of big spending (several luxury cars and expensive parties: just general lifestyles of the rich and famous stuff), and loose living (seven children by five mothers), Anderson ended up broke.
Now we're supposed to line up and give him love for going back to college and getting a degree? Okay.
Congratulations Kenny, you are not a complete and total failure as a human being.
But you did act like an idiot and somehow blew through $60 million. Excuse me if I'm not falling all over myself to shake his hand. Have you seen the economy? There are gobs of people who already have college degrees who end up working at the local Wal-Mart because there is absolutely nothing out there.
I know what the President has said about the econonmy finally turning around. I'll believe him when I manage to go to my local dog park one day and not meet at least one person who's out of work or completely under-employed.
While Kenny Anderson had several mansions, there are thousands of people like me out there who already got an education like we were told to do and now get to feel the sting of education loan payments every month. None of us got to have $60 million to start with.
So congrats Kenny. You aren't a homeless drug addict. But I hope you still speak to your den of children and that they have every opportunity to succeed with your child support payments and the mother isn't driving around in a Mercedes while wearing a fur coat.