39 Tuesday…

    So we have Michael Strahan from the Giants on the show…James Denton from ‘Desperate Housewives’. Both great. But actor Tom Arnold might have stolen the show. I think I asked him one question and he went for ten minutes. And he’s not even on drugs anymore! One thing you have to say about a guy like Tom or like Michael Irvin, another person I know well, they will be honest with their past. They won’t point fingers away from themselves and blame others. They say, ‘here’s what I did…why I did it’.

So it got me to thinking, do you want your athletes honest or careful? Do you want them to say all the right things a la A-Rod or do you want them more like Charles Barkley and Terrell Owens? The media rips a guy when he speaks out and rips him when he says nothing. Is there a happy medium? Is there an athlete who does it the right way…the wrong way?

-Dan

15 Responses

  1. As long as an athlete speaks with sincerity, I’ll listen. A-Rod gets in trouble because he fails to convince people he’s genuine. TO gets in trouble because he has traditionally pointed the finger at others rather than take responsibility for his own actions.

    As much as I don’t like the Cowboys’ franchise, I think Romo’s doing it the right way.

    Off-the-field stuff is now part of the game, but if an athlete doesn’t want to talk about it, I’m fine with that.

    A player who can sincerely say, “I stunk it up, but my teammates kept us in it,” is worth listening to.

    Erik

  2. Someone said “honesty is the best policy”; it’s also the most entertaining. Own up, move on, and strive to improve and not repeat (mistakes)…just don’t wait too long (Pete)…

  3. Well, I’ve personally been impressed with Marion Jones lately (despite the fact that she did something despicable). I always dig the honesty as long as it doesn’t endorse something that’s clearly wrong (which can be subjective, but let’s not get into that).

  4. Careful as in “don’t get caught” or careful as in “don’t do the stupid $#!* in the first place?

    If you screw up, come clean, take responsibility, apolgise to those who are owed, and DON’T DO IT AGAIN.

    Press conferences? The less scripted, the better. No matter how sincere someone is (see: Marion Jones), it takes the edge off when they write, rehearse and deliver a speech.

    Barkley may be my all-time favourite sports interview because he’s smart enough that his off-the-cuff speaking is polished and happily lacking in cliches and he’s honest enough that I always want to hear his take.

  5. If you’re honest, careful generally takes care of itself.

  6. Okay, Forget whether someone is sincere or not. Forget whether you believe a person’s apology or not. I am not a track fan, nor a Marion Jones fan, but you cannot strip her of her medals just to give them to the 2nd place winner. You can’t prove the Silver & Bronze winners were clean, can you? What if they were doing drugs but just haven’t admitted it or gotten caught? So if you take away the medals, the only thing you can do is leave them in a vault somewhere and “Vacate” the listing of the first place finisher. The past can’t be neatly cleaned up. Let’s focus on ensuring the integrity of the future.

  7. I always thought that Michael Jordan did a superb job with the media circus that surrounded him…..

  8. I would like them to be honest and careful.

  9. You have to wonder what trying to talk to Tom Arnold when he was snorting 28 grams of blow a day would have been like.

  10. God I am tired of this performance enhancement abuse issue. Great theatre with no plot line and no final scene. Makes me wonder whether someday the curtain will fall and we will see a parade of all these multi-millionaires, both clean and dirty, walking hand in hand across the stage to take a final bow for us common schmucks.

    While I am at it, am I the only one who finds the line “a la A-Rod” humorous?

  11. There are skeletons in everybodys closet. Athletes, or anyone fo that matter, must come clean when they get called to the carpet. How differently would Vic have been treated if he would have admitted to some wrong doing immediately? It is ok for teammates to call each other out, but it needs to be done behind closed doors.

    Unscripted honesty is always the best decision, unless you are Clinton Portis, or Isiah Thomas. Then, I guess you should keep your thoughts to yourself. But what fun would we have with that?

  12. People will see through stars who aren’t honest every time. That in turn keeps fans from warming up to the celebrity. We may admire their ability and respect their dedication to sport, but insincerity puts up a wall bwtween fan and star. If they are honest, they better not rat out others or try to justify their bahavior by telling us about others who did the same thing. Jose Canseco didn’t endear himself to anyone by taking that route. But, honestly, you can’t blame them for wanting to keep their private lives private.

  13. In response to 10/10/07’s “Dan’s Take” regarding as to how Jones will return the Olympic medals, consider this:

    “When he donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958, jeweler Harry Winston sent the fabled gem by registered first-class mail. This package carried the diamond on its trip from New York City to Washington, D.C. Of the $145.29 mailing price, only $2.44 was for postage. The balance was the insurance fee for $1 million.”

  14. I pefer honestly. Those cookie cutter comments make atheletes seem fake..a la A-Rod. I think there should be more T.O’s, Irving’s and Mike Tyson’s when it comes to making comments.

  15. i don’t really care too much about a person’s past. i do care about if a person is an @ss. Irvin is an @ss. Arnold, not as much. same for those athletes. you can speak out and not be an @ss. (LT) or you can not speak out and be one. (Eli, until this year)

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