This morning, I heard an interview with Lebron James on NPR. The interview took place late last night in the Miami Heat locker room. A reporter asked Lebron what Dwayne Wade said to him during a point when the team had fallen behind that motivated him to play even better and pull off another Heat win.
Lebron answered that he didn't want to repeat what was said because his kids' might be listening.
Wow -- a dad that wants to be a good role model for his kids! I am now an even bigger Lebron fan.
Frankly, I'm tired of high profile men behaving badly. As father's day approaches, I want to look out there and see great role models for the next generation.
Instead, we have high profile dads who lie and cheat and we have sons and daughters who want to distance themselves from their dads because of it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is just the latest example. His son, Patrick, apparently has changed his last name to Shriver, embarrassed over revelation that dad not only cheated on mom, but also has a love child he hid for many years.
Before that we had Tiger Woods, who had not only been a role model for his own kids, but for hundreds of other young golfers.Woods revealed himself as a pro on the golf course and a womanizing jerk off of it. Same with Brett Favre, the now retired football hero who got caught up in a sexting scandal.
Then we have Bernie Madoff, operator of what has been called the largest Ponzi scheme in history. His 46-year-old son, Mark Madoff, who had worked at his father's firm, took his own life. His younger brother, Andrew, said in a statement: "Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime." Even worse, Mark Madoff's 2-year-old son was in the apartment when the body was discovered.
Let's not forget the latest example of Men Behaving Badly: John Edwards. He's accused of secretly spending campaign contributions to hide the an affair from his wife.
Where are the real role models these days and will my colleagues in the media shine the same spotlight on them? I hope so. If only the jerks out there would stop giving us so much to write about.