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As an NFLPA certified financial adviser I am really proud of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Clayton (What I've Learned So Far, Nov. 15). Our program, started by Gene Upshaw, was put in place to help reduce the tens of millions that had been stolen from players by fraud in recent years. To read Fitzgerald saying, "I try to stay in my budget, do what my financial adviser tells me to do," and Clayton saying, "You make a bad decision now with money ... it could cost you your career," is a sign of hope. These kids are not going to be victims of the vultures that hover over them each and every day.
Jonathan Miller, Phoenix
He Said, Spre Said
Kudos to Rick Reilly for ripping Latrell Sprewell and showing what a mockery professional sports is becoming with athletes thinking of money before their team and fans (Life of Reilly, Nov. 15). I actually applauded when I finished reading.
I agree that Sprewell's comments about not being able to feed his family were both laughable and insensitive. However, his saying he was "insulted" by the Timberwolves' contract extension offer was reasonable. With their offer Latrell would make on average less than half of what he will earn this year. I'm sure Rick would not find joy in receiving a fraction of his current paycheck.
Steve Ward, Arlington Heights, Ill.
After deciding not to read another article on the NBA's worst role model, Kobe Bryant (One-Man Showtime, Nov. 15), I get ambushed by Reilly's critique of Sprewell. Oh, how I would love to see Kobe and Sprewell on the same team. Now, that would make for a great Out of Touch with Reality series.