posted on Nov, 16 2011 @ 03:51 PM
reply to post by Meekbot2000
It's not so much race as economic background. A lot of these guys come from very poor backgrounds and have no idea how to handle sudden gobs of
money. It's not that they are unintelligent; it's just that they have no background to deal with it. Plus, they are under tremendous pressure to
perform. Add to that what their buddies are buying and the need to keep up with Kobe, and you have a recipe for disaster. In those situations suddenly
everyone is your new best friend and has some GREAT ideas on how you can invest your money. These guys may look and act tough, but they are walking
The other thing about these guys is that they don't always have any other skills. If they've gone through college sports, you know their degree is a
gift. The Athletic Department "expects" their athletes to pass and they exert considerable pressure on the academic crowd to make sure that happens.
So when these guys get hurt at a young age, they don't really have a good education to fall back on--and no other skills. Most of them are not famous
and can't milk their reputations, either. They're just big scary looking guys who walk with a limp.
On the other hand people who grow up with some money are taught how to preserve it. The large majority of people you may consider "rich" do not live
in an ostentatious manner. You'd be surprised at how many people living next door and driving Hondas have several million dollars in the bank. They
were taught prudence at an early age. Your average hockey player comes out of that middle class background.
I was surprised at the pictures of the GOP candidates' houses posted on here a few weeks ago. Except for Romney, who really is rich and Perry, who's
living ion a mansion rented by the state of Texas, any one of those houses could be sitting in my neighborhood and never turn a head. My house is
bigger than some of them. Huntsman's, IMO, is an eyesore. Cain's and Bachman's are typical middle class suburban development tract houses.
I know: "If only I had the opportunity to be stupid with money" But I still have some sympathy with some of them. They have really be set up for