Interesting piece on NBA rookie Royce White, who has a fear of flying as part of a broader package of psych issues he's dealing with. He's looking for an OK from both his new Houston Rockets team and the NBA to let him be driven to road games where possible rather than fly with the team.
What I found disheartening is the number of fans dissing White and anyone having sympathy for him, along with a bunch of armchair psychoanalysis that made me glad I hadn't had lunch, yet.
Kindness is one of the Fruits of the Spirit, but it isn't common in the sports world, or even many churches when it comes to psych issues; a lot of churchmen would be questioning the faith of someone struggling with such issues. A lot of such problems are more medical than self-inflicted; as much as churches might hate psychology and psychiatry for it's problematic take on a number of issues, it does have its place.
To the jocks who were dissing White and have the latest copy of Madden; your dude had the same problem. He would take the Maddencruiser between Monday Night games; he did have the luxury of having a week between games, which White won't have. Back-to-backs in Orlando and Detroit would mean a 18-hour drive and a snug fit.