He refused to be anything but himself, and what could be more American than that? But what he was — complex, reflective, observant, careful with himself — was so out of step with our expectations for a major sports star that he left us with a sense of something unresolved. He left us wishing, not for someone more authentic, but for someone who’d do us the favor of pretending to possess the kind of authenticity we were looking for.

via Inside Out «.