It’s not a rare thing to see athletes father-up and put family ahead of their careers. But some athletes are also having very private battles in very public arenas concerning their kids. This is the intersection of dad and athlete: where work-life balance is always in the spotlight.
Recently, there have been a lot of interesting sports stories including the likes of golfer Hunter Mahan, the NBA’s Dwayne Wade, the MLB’s Joe Mauer and the NFL’s Adrian Peterson – and, of course many more than we could cover.
Who’s taking official paternity leave? Who’s banned from saying anything about their ex on Twitter? Who left a tournament to be with their wife during labor?
Former NFL linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, headlined the No More Excuses Men’s Conference over the weekend. The conference was held in Dallas, Texas and put on by the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.
Lewis grew up without a father and told the audience about the importance of fathers teaching their sons how to be men. “I don’t care how good a mom is,” Lewis was quoted in The Huffington Post as saying, “how awesome she is, how spiritual she is. She can never teach a man to be a man.”
News emerged this morning of a child that he
fathered created with someone who wasn’t his wife. Classy!
Donna Savattere, then a 35 year old production assistant at CBS Sports, has been reportedly paid to stay quiet for years, while raising Chloe, their now-seven year old daughter.
We’ve talked about NFL dads before and even got to ask questions of one (check it after the jump), but this week brought two more NFL players highlighting the importance and impact of fatherhood.
Both Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis and Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings mentioned fatherhood this week. We even got a little ‘tude from Jennings when someone calls him “Mr. Mom.”
The 2013 Pro Bowl roster includes Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, New England Patriots gunner, special teams captain Matthew Slater, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who all have family ties with the sport and event.
Matthews, Slater and Manning become three of only six father-son duos in history to each make it to a Pro Bowl. While we can’t chalk it up to anything more than coincidence, we do love seeing dads come out of the woodwork from time to time.
Dove Men+Care is hosting an event in about an hour that will delve into the inner-workings of fatherhood. Co-hosted by the Dad 2.0 Summit guys, this event features NFL legend Doug Flutie, and many dad bloggers will be in attendance (including me).
You’ll also be able to watch this event live on Facebook at 7am PST / 10am EST.
There’s tons of dads out there that love to frequent Parenting.com – why, with their mom-leaning content, their dad section that’s still got wet paint on it (and partially written by moms), and their relation to NickMom, it’s totally a haven for dads. Okay, not really, but I digress.
Parenting.com‘s Brian got a chance to interview Shaquille O’Neal about fatherhood – strangely enough, at a Tupperware event.
Jay Sokol, who you might know as Dude of the House, says that athletes should be granted paid paternity leave for the births of their kids.
Sokol focused on baseball, pointing out that while players are at home during off-season, many of them are busy swinging their own bats and making babies – so it’s only natural that birth would occur in the middle of the next season. In the past, players would have to take time off from the team at their expense, and probably suffer the gentle ribbing of many teammates. As of 2011, however, the MLB allowed players to get on a “Paternity List” which afforded them 24-72 hours of sweet time with their kids.