Instead of telling everyone he is a Christian, Robinson shows it in his actions, which have the greatest effect of all.
TOMMY BUCK, BIRMINGHAM
In a high-profile sport in which temptations abound, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs gives kids a role model in more ways than one (Trials of David, April 29). The Admiral is truly admirable.
DAVE SHELSTAD, St. Cloud, Minn.
It is refreshing to read about someone with wholesome values who is willing to publicly stand for what is right.
HIXON HELTON, Naples, Fla.
Thank you for showing us that there are pro athletes to look upon with joy and gladness.
THE REV. JEFFREY E. SKOPAK, Toms River, N.J.
The Campus Ministry program of the Methodist Mission Home has been a recipient of funds from the David Robinson Foundation for our work with deaf young adults. All in San Antonio are aware of David Robinson's personal and professional character.
PATTI FRYMAN, San Antonio
I'm getting fed up with the "born again" Christian athletes. David Robinson believes that God wants him to be the best basketball player he can be. Nonsense. It's possible that God wants him to take a vow of poverty and quit basketball. He says that money doesn't matter to him, and yet he didn't turn down the highest salary in the league. He uses Jesus and God to rubber-stamp ideas that are anathema to Christianity. His theology about AIDS and fires and floods is abominable.
Give us a break, SI. Jesus would be aghast at how we use his name to bless our sports contests. That is sheer paganism.
COL. FRANCIS R. LEWIS
Chaplain, U.S. Army (ret.)
Glen Cove, N.Y.
Have you taken leave of your senses? You devote a cover and 10 pages to a robotic dunce who not only displays the most distasteful form of human pretension—self-righteousness in the guise of devotion—but also has the nerve to publicly state that he plays basketball to honor God, not for the fans who pay his enormous salary.
Nothing even remotely resembling an intelligent comment on the nature of faith or spirituality came out of Robinson's mouth.
PETER FOGO, Pasadena, Texas
Nick Van Exel
I'm sick of reading about these poor athletes who, although they make millions of dollars a year, beat on their wives, girlfriends and others to exorcise the demons of their difficult childhoods. Robert Parish, Lawrence Phillips, Mike Tyson and now Lakers guard Nick Van Exel ("I Know He's Gone Off Before," April 29), to name a few, are nothing more than thugs with a particular skill who have been deified by the media, spoiled and pampered by coaches, and idolized by us, the ticket-buying fans.
PAUL J. COHEN, Baltimore