Kobe Bryant wipes the steam off the mirror. It's Wednesday Morning and Kobe isn't looking ahead towards tonight's game against the Kings. Instead, he keeps flashing back to what happened the night before. Most athletes would dream of being on SportsCenter and having Scott Van Pelt and the team of slightly humorous anchors and "experts" fawn over them; however, right now, he just wishes he could get away from it all.
In the mirror, he doesn't see the face of a five-time world champion, but of a semi-guilty conscious. He fights with himself. "Everybody does it!" he tries convincing himself. Yet, that's what Alex Rodriguez said when he took steroids and when your wife convinced you to buy a granite kitchen counter top. You really should have seen Laurie's kitchen too..
It amazes him the effect that one word has on his fans, his team, his family, doubtfully his entourage, but most of all, what amazes him, is the influence he has on his youngest crowd: your children, your brother, or your friend. I'm referring to the ones running outside in the school yard everyday, all day, imitating his crazy dunks, and counting down from five and then taking a shot at one. Now what? Imitate his offensive language and rage issues? Sure athletes get arrested for DUI and start fights at raunchy bars while the rest of the country is in deep sleep, so why does Kobe's anti-gay slur hold greater meaning?
All 4 feet and 65 pounds of basketball fan wearing a Laker's jersey in Oregon was watching. He wasn't watching what Kobe was doing off the court, but rather on the court, as he used one of the most derogatory phrases attacking a sexual orientation (that is affiliated with many and supported by many more.) Maybe you should think twice before buying an 11 foot fathead of Kobe Bryant to place near a papa-shot for your nephew. Yet, in this era of performance enhancing drugs, salaries you would have to work 257.65 years to earn, gangs and entourages, and spygate, who is there for America's youth to look up to in professional sports?