I don't think he necessarily was a "better human being" than most of us here. On a (mostly) Christian forum are we supposed to take for granted that billionaire stars are "better beings" than us, just because they carefully mount their nice public show in the media?Buck Wild said:The day he was killed, he got up early and took his daughter to church where they received Communion. We only know this because he is deceased---in matters of family & religion he was a rather private person. It's obvious to me that his life had moved in a completely different direction after his actions in 2003. In any case, I'm going to step out on a limb and suggest that he was probably a better father/husband/man/human than any of his critics here.
To begin with, the smart dude kept like 2 billion dollars worth in the banks or on Wall Street, getting insanely richer by the day (Nike for example gave him 6 millions last month to do nothing)... Whereas, for example, as a moderately devout Christian, I would have given a quarter of the sum to the Church, a quarter to various right-wing politicians (from Duterte to Orban), and only kept half for me (and my friends and family).
Also, I noticed that apparently Kobe invested only in non-specifically Christian companies and shares; indeed he invested in non-productive, ugly endeavours: shiny sport clothes made in sweat shops, unhealthy sugary drinks, nefarious video games companies. Parasitic endeavours. Whereas, I for instance would have invested in agricultural lands, pharmaceutical research labs, or gun factories: positive, useful companies and endeavours.
To end with, Kobe, though branded a "Devout Christian", and being a huge star, said (unless I'm mistaken) nothing against lesbians and gay sodomites. Compare this to Margaret Court: on the Tennys Sandgren thread here, I explained that Margaret Court is indeed a Devout Christian, having sacrificed her commercial and sponsored life in order to publicly denounce the LGBT mafia.
Wheras Kobe did nothing (unless I'm mistaken). Apparently too afraid to lose his sponsors (the few remaining of them, after the "rape" scandal and the defection of McDonald's) to speak up against the current number-1 danger facing the world (lesbianism, gayness). He's not alone in this : even a man I respect and like a lot like Djokovic, is too afraid to speak up in favor of Margaret Court and against the LGBTs.
I mean, Djokovic (one of Kobe's best friends) might be a supposedly "Devout Orthodox" but he let Margaret Court suffer alone under the public insults of unhinged McEnroe and monstrous Navratilova. At least, Djokovic, as I wrote on his thread here, built a restaurant free of charge for Christian consumers, and gives money to isolated Orthodox churches, so, he's a moderately-good Christian (in spite of his fear of denouncing lesbians). But Kobe, I heard of no Conservative Christian action in which he got involved.
So, well, it's quite probable that Kobe was like Federer : just cultivating his image of global good guy, in order to increase his commercial value - which is fine by capitalistic values, but not really by Christian values... Many of us here, if we had possessed the (insane) wealth, fame and billions of Kobe, we would have given a part to the Church, built free haute-cuisine restaurants for believers, funded hospitals and spoken publicly against the lesbian/gay global mafia. Kobe or Federer, to the best of my knowledge, do or did nothing of that.
Generally speaking, they just hoard billions and sleep on their mountains of gold, these global sport stars (except the likes of Margaret Court or Gasquet) : Devout Christians they're not, they're just clever egoistic capitalists.