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Kings' Triumph Better Than Leonard's Trials

April 06, 1991

Thumbs down to Earl Gustkey for his commentary on the "courage" of Ray Leonard.

How much courage did it take for Leonard to admit his drug and alcohol abuse after his former wife had attested to it? Did he have any choice?

How much courage did it take to cuff her around?

Real courage is Lou Gehrig. Real courage is Louis after Schmeling. Real courage is Sugar Ray Robinson on his deathbed without the entourage.

The Leonard story may not be over yet, nor the era of the self-absorbed, overpraised and overpaid athlete. But I hope we're nearing the final bell.

ALAN KEMP

Los Angeles

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