The League

THE QUESTION

Flawed Heroes?

Can adulterers be role models or does infidelity preclude athletes from being admired?

Posted by Emil Steiner on July 8, 2009 3:42 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Separating Great and Good

Most of our heroes are not larger than life. They are human. And, like us all, they are subject to the worst human failings.

Posted by Liz Clarke, on July 9, 2009 11:27 AM

Athlete Idolatry

Maybe Air Jordan or Air McNair are false idols and we need to be more critical of who deserves the title of hero.

Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on July 8, 2009 5:26 PM

A Family Tragedy

Steve McNair was required to be role model for his four sons. Instead, he lied to his family every time he snuck off to be with this young woman, with his actions and presumably his words.

Posted by Tracee Hamilton, on July 8, 2009 3:33 PM

Some Role Models Cheat

McNair fit into the category of a role model, and although he was unfaithful, that does not erase his hard work, his accomplishments, his generosity, all the good things about him.

Posted by Roman Oben, on July 8, 2009 2:23 PM

Who Needs a Real Hero?

Do I care if Steve McNair, Muhammad Ali or Babe Ruth has an affair? Of course not. What does monogamy have to do with admiration?

Posted by Emil Steiner, on July 8, 2009 1:59 PM

A Hero on the Field

Forget his private life, admire his endurance, his hard work, his rugged character on the field.

Posted by Dan Steinberg, on July 8, 2009 12:39 PM

Affirming the Best in McNair

There was much to admire about Steve McNair, and it would be myopic to overlook his extensive contributions to society because of his martial indiscretion.

Posted by Gene Wang, on July 8, 2009 11:59 AM

What Is a Hero?

We make deals with our heroes and our role models all the time, because sainted perfection is so very difficult to find.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on July 8, 2009 6:19 AM

Not My Hero

This was a tragic situation, but one that Steve McNair seemed to bring upon himself.

Posted by Dan Levy, on July 8, 2009 5:06 AM

More to McNair

Was he perfect? No, but he was absolutely a hero.

Posted by Jimmy Morris, on July 8, 2009 3:53 AM

Heroes Are Humans

The flaws of our role models don't diminish their heroism but rather prove their humanity.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on July 8, 2009 3:45 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

loudountaxrevolt: why do all you losers need heroes?...

thomacce: He was and is my Hero--**** One mistate should not erase a person's life efforts of good work!! It's sad this happen to both the individua...

jaho: Yeah, infidelity, drug use, and other "you're not supposed to do this" behavior SHOULD preclude someone from being "admired." But if we a...

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