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Pat McMahon


Now, be honest with me: What would you be like if you were 19 years old and you were worth countless millions of dollars -- more than you could ever spend in a lifetime and you employed a large staff of people to provide whatever you wanted? Would you, at 19, handle that kind of super-privileged life with maturity and personal discipline?

I probably wouldn't.

I don't know that I would be as out of control as Justin Bieber has become but with nobody to guide me -- to tell me no or to say "stop it right now or else"-- well, what would "or else" mean to me? But that kind of destructive indulgence isn't exclusively the world of Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan.

Just yesterday, I was talking to Luis Gonzalez, former Diamondbacks baseball star, and as of last week, an inductee into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame.

I asked him about the perpetually troubled Alex Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees, and his ban from baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez said, sadly, that Rodriguez was catered to from his days as a high school star to now as "A-Rod," the out-of-work millionaire with unlimited wealth and not an ounce of integrity.

Hey, Mom and Dad, repeat after me: "I love you, honey -- but no!"

Try that every so often, OK?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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