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Illuminating the pitfalls of superstars

Search is on for the next transcendent sports figure, whether we need one or not

Updated: April 11, 2012, 9:40 AM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Will The Next Big Thing in sports be a white male?

Will it be a black man?

A woman?

Someone who is straight?

Gay?

Catholic?

Christian?

Muslim?

Conservative?

Liberal?

An NBA point guard who's Asian American?

A charismatic Southerner who wins the Masters, hasn't taken a golf lesson and owns the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard."

A 6-foot-8 woman who becomes only the second woman ...

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