Lake chooses not to call out the employer who fired Herring. He does not call out Herring's wife or his daughter, who both abandoned him. Lake chooses not to call out Herring himself for diving into a bottle to deal with his problems. He chooses not to point out the horribly insufficient treatment available for those who suffer mental illness.
Instead, he singles out Michael Jordan to blame for Herring's predicament. MJ was at Laney more than THIRTY Years Ago! He obviously never forgot that Herring took him off the varsity squad. I don't have anything good to say about the guy who fired me from my first real job either.
Jordan would have gone on to greatness, regardless of Herring or Laney High School.
Yes, MJ could do more to help out Pop Herring. So could many other people who are much closer to the situation. But, the writer ignores all of them because they are "nobodies" and that wouldn't sell magazines.
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