How do you explain to your child that their 'hero' is a criminial?
I was reading about the jersey buy back program that the New England Patriots had this past weekend. In case you haven't been following it, one of their star players has been arrested for murder and being looked at in another murder from two years ago.
They released him from the team when he was arrested a few weeks ago and this past weekend, the team was allowing fans to return his jerseys and exchange them for other player jerseys.
As I was reading the article, one statement from a mother really got to me. Her 5 year old son was questioning why he had to give back his jersey, which was of his favorite player and was a Christmas gift. Because she felt he was too young to understand all the details of what is happening, she simply told him that the jersey was too small and they had to get another one. I started thinking, what about when they get into the store and he wants ANOTHER Aaron Hernandez jersey.
How would you explain to your child that their hero was an accused or convicted criminal? What about when other celebrities that children idolize behave badly?