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Ah, Father’s Day. A time to reflect and thank the men that have molded us into the people we are today. Making a conscious effort to show him how special he is.
Well this list is a reflection in a different kind of light.
Overbearing sports dads aren’t anything new. They’re loud, controlling, and usually trying to live out their dreams through their kids. This is a list examining some of those fathers.
Just missed the cut:
Lavar Ball: The new bad dad on the scene hails from Chino Hills, CA. Ball has made a name for himself for saying outlandish things and hyping his son as the second coming of basketball. Deep down I think he’s a genius but only time will tell.
Doc Rivers: Doc seems like a great dad. He sends his children to the best schools, he’s in their life, and I’m sure he’s a great role model. Doc is on this list because he’s the only man in the NBA who would employ Austin Rivers aka his son. Sometimes as a father you gotta except the fact that you son isn’t as good as you think he is. This is one of those times.
Peter Graf: Peter is the father of Steffi Graf, a famous tennis player in the 80’s and 90’s. She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Peter was the stereotypical father except he went to jail for tax evasion because he was in control of Steffi’s finances. Throw in some blackmail and a paternity suit with a playboy bunny and you have a dad that’s not getting damn thing on Father’s Day.
Karl Malone: The mailman was great at delivering on the court but was a day late and a dollar short (pun intended) when it came to his children. Malone had twins in 1981 but didn’t acknowledge them until 1997. His son, Demetrius Bell, refers to Malone as a “sperm bank.”
Archie Manning: I know this might come as a shock to some of you but hear me out. Archie is Lavar Ball before Lonzo was a lottery pick. Archie’s most famous “parenting hack” was forcing Eli to New York after being drafted by San Diego. Archie has stuck his nose in his son’s business for a long time. He almost was number one.
Marv Marinovich: This guy and his wife actually thought they could create a super athlete. Marv controlled every aspect of his son’s, Todd, life including his diet, exercise regime, and anything else you can think of. Marv’s plan was coming together nicely after Todd was a starting quarterback at USC and was drafted 24 overall by the LA Raiders in the 1991 draft. He would play only one year in the NFL before drugs and other legal troubles haunted him.
Father’s Day is a day of appreciation. With that, appreciate none of these guys will be able to call you their child.
As always, thanks for reading.
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