Doug Robinson: Why didn't Le'Veon Bell, and other great athletes, enjoy the ride?

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  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    Dec. 27, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    This article is so off-base. What's it to anyone if Le'veon Bell is holding out for more money. The average career of an NFL player is short, especially at running back. You said so yourself that he's in his prime right now, and if he feels he's worth more than what he's getting, and willing to sit out until he gets what he wants, then so be it. His point of view, he's trying to make as much money as he can, while he can. It's a gamble that he may lose, but it's his choice. Also, if he's buying multiple "Escalades" and "mansions", it's his money. You talk about "transcendent" atheletes, the only transcendent athletes you mention in your article are LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Nice try trying to group them up with a bunch of marginal players like Latrell Spreewell, Jay Cutler (LOL), Dez Bryant, etc. There is an absolute HUGE gap between these groups of athletes. One last thing, you really don't believe that people won't "fawn" over LeBron and Tiger long after their playing days, like people currently do with Kareem, do you??

  • Rusty Shackleford Layton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2018 8:32 p.m.

    I thought this was a well written article and very poignant. Thank you. I wished, in my youth, that I had some of those abilities and to see those who do, not enjoy it is sad.

    Oh BTW, @TMR, regardless of what you think about Danny Ainge, and I'm not defending him (because I think the article is pretty right on regarding him), but it was Tree Rollins who bit Danny Ainge, not the other way around.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 26, 2018 2:55 p.m.

    @UteMiguel - Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 25, 2018 8:58 p.m.

    LeBron is the games biggest cry baby and that includes where he chooses to play. Don't kid yourself.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 26, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    Old But Not Stupid - Moorpark, CA
    Dec. 25, 2018 10:44 p.m.
    I was going to give a larger negative rant re: LeBron (the semi-literate King) James.....but then he isn't worth the time nor the effort.

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    LeBron is semi-literate?

    How, because he doesn't "shut up and dribble"?

    I hated LJ for the Miami stunt, but he grew up and brought a title to Cleveland. He will be one the greatest of all time.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Dec. 26, 2018 4:57 a.m.

    I'd like to see an article sometime soon about athletes who made the most of their time in the limelight and afterwards.

  • TMR Pasadena, CA
    Dec. 26, 2018 1:11 a.m.

    The list should be amended to add Danny Ainge, who spent his “glory” years scowling and biting. He even nicknamed himself as “El Terrible.”

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Dec. 25, 2018 10:44 p.m.

    I was going to give a larger negative rant re: LeBron (the semi-literate King) James.....but then he isn't worth the time nor the effort.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 25, 2018 8:58 p.m.

    This rant seems harsh, at least regarding LeBron. LeBron seems to be a pretty good teammate and certainly has elevated the places he's played. He doesn't have any moral obligation to spend his entire career in the same place.