serendipitous reflections

Friday, October 08, 2004

Learn from others

How can a drug conviction (plea) turn a professional athlete into a role model? Look at Jamal Lewis, who plead guilty to drug conspiracy charges and will spend four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house this spring. The former Tennessee Volunteer said he hopes others will benefit from his mistake, which occurred before he played his first NFL game. "Watch your friends and who you have around you," he said. "That's the big picture of this whole thing." If more young athletes will see what happened to him, maybe this can have a long-term impact in creating better and more role model athletes down the road. (Better than Ricky Williams who, after failing a third drug test, quit on his team and went on a world tour.)


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