April 7, 2010, - 3:32 pm
The Predictability of Pro Athletes: Favre Family Proudly Welcomes 2nd Generation of Baby Mamas; Gramps @ 40
This isn’t about race. It’s about culture–a culture of irresponsibility, selfishness, entitlement, and “if it feels good, do it.”
Pro athletes–of all races–are so predictable. When a friend, today, sent me a story about former NFLer Tiki Barber leaving his pregnant (with twins) wife for an NBC intern, I asked if either of the women was Black, because I doubted it. And sure enough neither is. Just like with the Tiger Woods’ harem. Not a single minority in the bunch. Not that I care about the races of people in lust . . . er “love.” That’s their business. But I care that the same people who can’t practice affirmative action in their own lives expect us to tolerate it in a discriminatory way in our lives in the more urgent matters of the job market and livelihoods that can make or break families and can be the difference of whether rent is paid and there’s food on the table.
Brett Favre: Proud Grandpappy to Second Generation Baby Mama
And then there is the single motherhood for yet another generation in the NFL Favre family. When I read, today, that Brett Favre became a grandfather at age 40 because his daughter Britanny–herself an illegitimate child–had a kid, I said to myself: I’ll bet she’s not married, either. And I was right. It’s so damned easy to predict this pattern of behavior. In fact, not only isn’t the girl married, but the father’s name isn’t mentioned anywhere and the kid doesn’t have his last name. He’s apparently just a sperm donor, just like in that bastion of family values, the Palin family. And just as with Tripp Palin, Parker Brett Favre proves my theory about names: he has the same pretentious, ostentatious kind of first name that signals the family’s desperate, false imploring of “please notice that I have class.” (And like Favre’s daughter’s first name, Brittany, in ten years, it’ll be a common stripper name. “Guys, welcome to the stage and pole, Parker Hills . . . .“)
And now that a multi-millionaire with everything in the world is a grandfather at age 40 to yet another illegitimate generation, we’re supposed to be surprised that recent studies show that while 40% of American babies are born to single mothers, a higher percentage of them than in any other Western industrialized nation have zero male figures in their lives. This is the Favre way. And, sadly, because of influential figures like him, this is the American way.
The Favre family is like that of many pro athletes I’ve written about–Black or White. They are hangers-on and low-lifes. And all the multi-millions in the world won’t change that. Favre didn’t marry his daughter’s mother, until she was seven years old. Half of his immediate family went to jail on various crimes. They have no values. And this girl, who grew up in riches and giant homes in suburban Green Bay, Wisconsin and rural Mississippi, has the values of her parents.
Money doesn’t buy you class. It just buys you license to enhance your vulgar behavior and put it on steroids . . . and help contribute your part to the decline of American society and Western civilization. When I was in grad school at the University of Wisconsin, first getting my law degree and then my MBA, I saw Favre getting oral sex from some ho (not the babymama of his grandbabymama) in the back of a Madison, Wisconsin bar, as I headed to the restroom. I’d heard rumors that this was de rigeur for this indecent bumpkin with a large wallet and gridiron stardom. This is the kind of guy he is. And all the millions in the world won’t change the cheap, the sleazy, into the refined. All we have to do is look at Bill Clinton–and the Favre family is kind of the football version of the Clinton political family. I’m not surprised his daughter quickly became a babygrandmama. I guess since she had a kid out of wedlock when she was two years older than when her mother did, that’s “progress.”
Sorry, but snobbery is underrated. You can casually dismiss it as “elitism” or “intolerance.” But sometimes, many times, it’s a very good thing . . . very necessary. Don’t tell me, “we don’t judge.” Uh, we need to judge and don’t do nearly enough of it.
Sad to say, most of these pro athletes in team sports don’t come from class or manners. They are products of bad parenting and spoiled by their parents as a future meal ticket. So, it’s not shocking when we see the results. It’s not about how much money their parents made, where they lived, or even whether they had college or graduate degrees. It’s about values and knowledge, behavior and critical thinking–all of which are bereft in this crowd, no matter how expensive the Lexis or Maybach is.
Brittany Favre’s new grandchild is an illegitimate kid of an illegitimate kid. And so it continues into the next generation. And throughout America . . . as American kids continue to be bombarded with the pride of famous “parents” who once engaged in this behavior and proudly exhibit it with such haughtiness in their families’ later generations.
You might tell me we’re well past this. That America has “progressed” and that for decades Hollywood and pop culture have pushed single motherhood, so I should accept it. No thanks.
Yes, sadly, this isn’t the future of America. It’s our present. And it’s not just Hollywood or urban America–but heroes like the Favres of the world and their ilk–who are helping to speed up the past tense of America. Irreparably.
Tags: baby mamas, babymamas, Brett Favre, Brittany Favre, illegitimate, out of wedlock, Parker Brett, single motherhood, single mothers, Tiki Barber