MARTINA TAKES MICHAEL TO TASK FOR ROLE MODEL IMAGE
Published October 31, 1997
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, in her column for CONDE NAST SPORTS FOR WOMEN, writes that MICHAEL JORDAN is a "great athlete, but not a great role model." She adds that Jordan could "make a bigger difference with a lot of kids by talking about issues like race and drug issues," but that he is "almost a textbook case of being politically ambiguous, especially when he knows his words are being reported." Navratilova adds that Jordan "advising" TIGER WOODS on how to handle his celebrity is "not good for anyone." Navratilova: "Coyness, avoidance of the media and declining to offer an opinion may be safe, but they don't help kids." Navratilova: "[M]illions of youngsters are silently watching your every move. They need to figure out how to be like you without the talents you have. ...It may be nice to sit on the fence, but you'll have to stand up eventually" (SPORTS FOR WOMEN, 11/97).