This Just Ain't Right!
Dick Waterman Photography has a post about retired sports greats, and their struggle to survive comfortably during their waning years. He references Basketball Hall of Famer George Mikan and Football Hall of Famer Marion Motley.|
Ya know, if I was a present day sports figure, I'd probably be of the attitude that I didn't owe them too much in a monetary sort of way, either.
[...]Shaquille O’Neal makes about $30 million a year playing for the Miami Heat and probably adds at least that much through product endorsements. When he heard that Mikan had died virtually penniless, O’Neal offered to pay for funeral expenses. He said that he had met Mikan a few times and “He seemed like a nice guy.”[...]
Great gesture, Shaq! Way to go, guy! No, I'm serious here... I think that what Shaq did was good. However, I think that goodness is relative. And I don't want to pick on Shaq personally.
And that ain't right!
(and thanks again to B.L. Ochman at What's Next? for the link)
Tagged as Basketball, Basketball Hall of Fame, Football, Football Hall of Fame, Marion Motley, George Mikan, NFL, NBA, Pension