What a game! I'm so happy for Leon. He might've got a bit over confident with that alley-oop try to KG (LOL). Leon was rightly voted player of the game. The half time segment on Leon brought a tear to my eye. I still worry about Bernard Ward. Last I read he had an office set up in Leon's condo. This worries me. Leon is only 24 years old and doesn't have any experience with the money and fame he has. He's an easy mark. Leon needs to realize he doesn't owe Bernard a thing. If Leon has given anything more than tickets to a game to Bernard I will be pissed. I don't want Leon ending up like Michael Vick, trying to "keep it real." Someone make sure Leon is keeping all his money.
that last person knows nothing. Being from Oakland, and knowing Leon and Bernard....OMG if it was not for Bernard Leon would not be where he is. What they left out of the segment at half time is Bernard is really Leon's father. Not paternal but in a since of guidance and structure, if it was not for Bernard, Leon could have been the next HOOK Mitchell. If you dont know who that is, look it up.Im not saying he should be used, which I know Bernard is not, but he should still trust him because it is SO OBVIOUS that Bernard is giving him the right advice.
I don't know a ton about Bernard Ward. I just know what I hear and it seems like he's a great guy that really helped Leon out a lot. So until I hear other wise I'll have to go with that information. I understand sometimes friends and family take advantage of an athletes success. I just have to hope and trust that those things aren't happening with Leon.
To 2nd poster: This is the first time I've heard Bernard Ward called Leon's father (not paternal). Are you sure Leon thinks of Bernard as his father? I've always heard Bernard referred to as Leon's mentor.To admin: You're correct and that's all I'm saying: friends AND family sometimes DO take advantage of an athelete's success. All I'm saying is I hope someone is watching out for that for Leon. I mean imagine being in Leon's shoes. 24 years old and making millions in the NBA after being homeless not too long ago. The temptation is for him to to think, "OMG, if it weren't for Bernard, I wouldn't be here. I should give him some payback." Now the question is what kind of man is Bernard. Is Bernard going to accept money from Leon or perhaps give hints to Leon he's owed something? The temptations are all there. Don't be naive. It happens too often in pro sports. If Bernard really does think of himself as Leon's father he will be satisfied in his son's success and not accept anything more than tickets to a game from Leon. That's what I would do if my son made millions and I'm not a wealthy man. I would be happy in my son's success and that would be enough for me.
I don't understand the only thing people can comment on after hearing a great inspirational story, is negative speculation. Let's focus on the positive and rejoice that there are men like Bernard that make a positive impact on a young black man's life. Who cares how either one of them define their relationship. I don't know them personally, but I can tell you as a member of their church - Bernard and his wife certainly have kept him in church! To that end, Bernard is a stand up guy and again it's none of our business either way how they define the relationship. Lets just celebrate both Leon's and Bernard's remarkable stories of overcoming adversity.
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