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Well, as a counterpoint, I don't think you're reading into it ''enough''. It was explained that the reason your basketball player metaphor didn't work was because it had no political connections, so trying to equate it to the other examples is inaccurate.
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But, just for the sake of argument, let's say we had a guy who played basketball for one year and then spent 40 years as an activist for whatever cause. Writing an article titled