Jewish World Review Jan. 29, 2003 / 26 Shavat, 5763

Evan Weiner

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The moral guardians of basketball need some schooling themselves


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Sportswriters, commentators and basketball fans can breathe a little easier now that the Ohio high school athletic association says Le Bron James can accept an SUV as a gift from his mother.

It's not everyday that an 18 year old high school senior gets a $70,000 gift from his mother, but it does happen around the country on occasion. The guardians of basketball, sportswriters and commentators were worried about James getting his vehicle.

They shouldn't, they should be more concerned about other things going on surrounding James, such as his high school St. Vincent-St. Mary's putting his games on pay-per-view TV, allowing other games to be cablecast on ESPN 2 and traveling around the country, going to California, North Carolina and to New Jersey next week for a three day tournament. All of this begs the question, when does James and his teammates study?

After all, they are high school students.

The moral guardians of basketball worried about James and his Hummer, why? People have already made money off of James starting with his high school. And that's the problem, not James' SUV.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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