LEGEN...wait for it...DARY
Join Date: Jul 2006
I guess I started this Role Model thing unintentionally. I believe example would be a better choice of words. Kids aren't going to implement someone they aren't similar too. I remember being a kid. As I am sure you all do as well. I never really strived to be "like" anyone in particular, but certainly used persons' successes as motivation for me to be successful as well. I don't think any child will look to a UFC fighter and think, "I want to be completely like him". Maybe a wrestler, then they will grow up and ealize it is all fake and look to other avenues. Most kids look at athletes when they play the sport; I never remember watching TV and searching for articles about my favorite athletes. I just watched them play their sports. And tried to be like them there. So, this is kind of a pointless argument anyway. Kids don't care enough to read about that kind of shit. Of course, some kids will read anything they can about the athletes. Most of that reading will be in books and magazine articles though.
If there are kids out there thinking I want to be exactly like Kimbo, then they are in bad shape right now anyway and that would be an improvement. But the more likely scenario is kids watching him fight and thinking this guy came from the same place as me. There is a way out. That is the conclusion kids make, generally speaking.
Most kids in that situation won't have the means to watch this guy fight anyway. Hell, most kids don't have the means to watch any of these fights live.