If he weren’t in one of the manliest professions on the planet (professional football player? come on testosterone), I’d still laugh at the claims against Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. His ex-girlfriend says their son comes home from Dad’s house with nail polish on his toes and Cinderella Pull-Ups ’round his waist. I say, who cares?
Urlacher says he took his baby mama to court for violating a January court order that was supposed to guarantee he’d have their son, Kennedy, every Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. Then her name started showing up in newspapers, claiming the football player’s been painting Kennedy’s toenails with blue polish and sending him home wearing princess Pull-Ups. Urlacher says its true – the boy’s sisters paint his toes, and what kind of Pull-Up ends up on the boy – or his three-year-old sister – is simply the one he grabs from the pile.
I’m sure Urlacher’s fame plays a role in all of this. As one of those
non-football watching Americans (sorry guys, I did my shuffle to the
couch after Thanksgiving dinner and settled in for a chick flick), I
don’t know much about the guy, how he plays or what he’s done. But this is sounding more and more like a “nothing” case with each story I read. There are no reports (that I’ve read anyway) saying he hits his child, denies him food or clothing. As for shelter, the guy is actually taking Tyna Robertson to court so he can spend MORE time with the boy under his roof.
Could these really be the kinds of accusations used to prove someone’s an unfit parent?
I’d hardly call this gender bending. My three-year-old daughter prefers the “boy” dress up box we picked out to the “girl” box. She immediately donned the cowboy vest and hat along with a Batman face mask and pirate sword and pronounced herself Super Larry (your guess is as good as mine). Most parents would congratulate us for opting to give her the choice instead of presenting the typical box of pink tutus and shipping the pirate garb to a cousin’s son. Shouldn’t it work both ways?
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