Parental Supervision

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a child abuser!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a child abuser!

Let’s be clear, anyone that brings up the fact that both Adrian Peterson and Dwight Howard happen to be black as a reason for why they are currently in the shitter for child abuse. But for as much as race, money , education, or any other determining factor really has no bearing on their individual circumstances, you really can’t go blaming your parents.

It’s almost (but not quite) like the age-old question: if this person jumped off a bridge would you too? You can make the argument that it’s a learned action or even that it’s hereditary, but at least take some ownership for your decision-making. You chose to have however many kids that you have. Deal with the consequences of making that million-dollar decision (literally, if you want them to go to college too).

It’d be really easy to play devil’s advocate and let them believe that they hadn’t done anything wrong, but in this hyper-sensitive age that we are living in you just don’t have that option. On top of that, you have to deal with being a celebrity. Your decisions just happen to be magnified a few thousand times. But if you have the trade-off of making millions of dollars for playing a sport for making good decisions then it doesn’t sound that tough to me.

Better cancel that order for "Best Dad in the World" mugs.
Better cancel that order for “Best Dad in the World” mugs.

Unfortunately, there are tons of athletes (black and white alike) that have illegitimate kids (Larry Bird! what?!?what?!?) and if you so choose to put yourself in a position where having kids is a possibility, then you have to live with the sad likelihood that in your lifetime you will have some evil bitch trying to extort you for money in one way shape or form. The absolute worst thing that you can do is GIVE them a reason to do something, rather than sit and wait for them to make up some big lie. But the sadder truth is that as unplanned pregnancy rates rise, the quality of parenting lowers. There’s worse parenting habits running rampant out there, just hasn’t been a famous person to put much of it in the news just yet.

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