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Dr. King

Updated: January 18, 2013, 1:29 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

A tough few days for sports heroes, and for the manufacture of sports heroes, for fallen idols and empty honors and jerseys stuffed with nothing but rags and bones and money. In the very week we commemorate the phrase "the content of their character," it becomes a sports world punch line. Our failure, general across sports and the press and American popular culture, lies not only in the mechanisms we use to measure character, but in the clichés we create to sell it.

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