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Tebucky Jones Will Not Have Soft Children

Apr 2, 2007 – 6:54 PM
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If you're a millionaire athlete, how do you keep your kids from growing up soft? I'm not asking because Phil Simms wants to know the answer ... I'm just asking because former Patriot Tebucky Jones has the answer.

Jones took his kids, aged 15, 12, and 9, and dropped them off in his old neighborhood (were Jones grew up stealing food because he was hungry, robbing drunks so he could get a roof over his head, and being evicted 23 times). Just left them there to get a taste of the inner city.

That's awesome. Few parents would have the coconuts (or blind negligence, take your pick) to drop a 9-year-old off in the 'hood and let him fend for himself. Child endangerment or a necessary parenting tool? Ah, six of one, half a dozen of the other. At least he was trying. At least he cared.

Children of celebrities who don't pay attention or care are the ones who end up strung out on heroin, renting out space in their bodily cavities for money. I don't know how soft Tebucky's kids are or were going to be, but I applaud the move ... Tebucky Jr. having to learn to beat up a drunk isn't the worst thing in the world. That's not a sentence I saw myself writing today.

Anyway, the whole thing's being made into a movie now, with Ice Cube playing an NFL player whose kids are growing up soft. If this was coming out soon after Friday or Three Kings, I'd have been a little more excited ... given the existence of Are We There Yet and Barbershop 2, I'll temper my enthusiasm.
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