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Can You Love The Game Too Much?

By Jared Zeidman On July - 16 - 2009

The world can be a very interesting place when it comes to embracing death. In our Western culture, every death appears to be someone’s fault. There are negligence suits, malpractice suits, anything you can imagine.

But all of this begs the question: What happens when there really was nothing anyone could do?

Late last year the million dollar question entered the sporting world. Cuttino Mobley was sent to the Knicks last November, in a trade for Zach Randolph. The Knicks were trading for his contract, so he was going to have his minutes limited.

But within three days of the trade, the Knicks learned that Cuttino Mobley had a heart condition. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been known to cause sudden death in athletes.

After discovering this, the Knicks refused to play Mobley, who retired from basketball less than a month later.

That story would presumably strike you as sad—an athlete has his career shortened by a rare heart disease. But a few months ago, Mobley sat down with ESPN for an interview that shot this story into a totally different stratosphere.

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