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June 5th, 2003

Have you seen the ad…

… with three-and-a-half year old Mark Walker shooting baskets? He has a regulation basketball and what looks to be an eight foot net, and he’s sinking shots like Michael Jordan. Eighteen of them in a row.

Walker, who doesn’t need a booster seat to shoot hoops, is already getting paid by Reebok in the form of a college trust fund. I wouldn’t be surprised if college scouts were already checking him out for a spot on the team… once he’s toilet trained, of course.

You can check out some of the videos on Reebok’s Mark Walker site.

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FROM: Chris
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 10:14:39 am
I think its disgusting that his parents are expoliting a 3 year old in this manner. If Kobe Bryant and some hotshot WBNA star produced a child, would a bidding war start over the fetus?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 11:49:15 am
There's definitely an exlpoitation factor...

... I'm just mesmerized at how damn good the kid is...

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 12:23:38 pm
Parents are whoring out their kids
at seemingly any pace they can. This is minor compared to watching "America's Most Talented Kid", "Star Search", or whatever else.

It just seems that parents nowadays, for whatever reason, are more willing to push their kids into the limelight for their own financial gain.

With that said, the kid could be the starting point guard for the Sixers right now. He's a much better shooter than Eric Snow.

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 4:48:24 pm
I saw it last night, and the whole time I thought it was going to end like Mark Walker made 18 shots in a row on May 12th, 2003. He was killed by a drunk driver the next day. So the whole time I was watching it, I was thinking, 'Please don't be one of those drunk driver commercial.' So when I saw it was a Reebok commercial, I didn't care less about whether or not he was exploited. I was just happy he wasn't dead. Is that weird?

FROM: Maria
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 8:57:19 pm
For what it's worth, I've only seen that commercial once but I was thinking the exact same thing as Mike. Preparing to be sad, I ended up just being relieved.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 11:51:10 pm
Mike --

Is that weird?

Yes. But that makes you the Poofle we all know and love... even Chloe.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 11:52:08 pm
Oh -- something I meant to say in the original Ping:

I predict that this campaign will be so overdone that three months from now, we'll be talking about how sick we are about seeing this kid on every talk show in existence.

FROM: Patrick
DATE: Friday June 6, 2003 -- 8:32:07 am
So what do they do when the kid misses a shot? Say he's a bust and no longer has marketing value?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday June 6, 2003 -- 9:31:16 am
He should be thrown to the wolves because--hey--who needs a kid that misses? Any loser can do that.

FROM: Scott
DATE: Friday June 6, 2003 -- 3:11:36 pm
Good thing the NBA is planning on instituting a 20-year old age minimum to prevent high school players from getting drafted and failing miserably. No matter how much the mom of this kid wants to make easy money, he's got 17 years before he can play in the pros. Sorry, lady.

francesca May 7, 2008, 9:11 am

for me disgusting is that in sport there is an age limit did you know sport is life sport is not a job; it’s funny I wish i had a contract with nike or reebok at 3!!!!!!

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