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EDITORIAL\Fouled-out Laker.

Los Angeles Lakers star Cedric Ceballos really blew it.

We're not only talking about the team captain and leading scorer missing a couple of games without proper notice. He also was a no-show at a rally last Friday at Canoga Park High School - an appearance meant to reward students for their perfect attendance records.

Ceballos, the official spokesman for the Lakers' "Stay in School" program, apparently had backed out just prior to going AWOL last week. His failure to show up sends the wrong message to impressionable teens about responsibility - or in this case, a lack of it.

It's just the latest example of why high-priced athletes sometimes make dubious role models.

Consider Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, who made headlines for head-butting an NBA referee after being ejected from a game; or the Denver Nuggets' Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's aversion to standing for the national anthem.

In fairness, Ceballos - who agreed to attend 15 similar rallies at Los Angels area schools - has appeared at the first nine so far. But that does not absolve him from keeping his commitment to students who took their school responsibilities seriously.

Now that Ceballos is trying to patch things up with his team, he should make good on his promise to those Canoga Park students.
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Date:Mar 26, 1996
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