Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/12/12 at 10:54 PM ET
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Twenty-three-year-olds still have some wild oats to sow. I was 23 once and so were many of you. But we weren’t representing an NHL hockey team. We didn’t score the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Hawks. Our lives weren’t very public….
If you Googled “Patrick Kane’’ on Saturday, the first item that came up was “Patrick Kane’s drunken weekend.’’ That’s not something the image-conscious Blackhawks want when they’re trying to sell themselves to families. That’s not what you want 8-year-old Timmy seeing when he’s researching his favorite player for a school report.
Athletes are role models, whether they want to be or not. It comes with the money and the fame. Your every move is watched, analyzed and judged. Some of those moves are emulated, even the stumbling-drunk ones.
I don’t want to go all Puritan on Kane here. It can’t be overstated that he’s 23. But does his, um, enthusiasm have to be so public? Is it really necessary for him to dance on a bar top with a bottle in his hand (see YouTube)? Is taking off your shirt in a club a prerequisite to having a good time?
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