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THE OBLIGATIONS OF FAME
Steve Wulf
April 16, 1990
High-paid athletes have duties off the field too
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April 16, 1990

The Obligations Of Fame

High-paid athletes have duties off the field too

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"I don't understand it when my teammates take off the minute the season ends and don't appear again until spring training. I don't see how guys can make a little kid pay five dollars to stand in line at a card show and not even talk to him when the child comes up. Signing for charity is one thing. Signing to make money is totally reprehensible.

"A lot of us in sports believe in sharing the wealth, but others don't think they owe the public anything. These guys don't know what they're missing. If you visit a child with cystic fibrosis, a child in a life-and-death situation, you realize that going oh for 4 is not such a big deal. The feeling you get in helping someone or cheering someone up, well, that's an inner reward that beats anything with a dollar sign on it."

Don't expect athletes to make less money. Ask them, though, to give something back.

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