David Robinson is a Hall of Fame basketball player, NBA Champion, NBA MVP, Gold Medal winner, and one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time. David Robinson is also a Christian, and a man. That means that Robinson, nicknamed “The Admiral”, battles the same sexual temptations as any man (1 Corinthians 10:13).
In For Men Only, Jeff Feldhahn describes his attitude toward lust and commitment to sexual purity:
“In the mid-’90s, Sports Illustrated did a cover feature, entitled, ‘St. David,’ on David Robinson, the MVP center for the San Antonio Spurs. One segment described how Robinson handled himself, as a professing Christian, husband, and father, in the midst of the NBA’s intense temptations. For example, during television breaks, he would sit on the bench and stare studiously at the floor in order to avoid looking at the gyrating cheerleaders out on the court.”
“The article also mentioned that like all NBA players, Robinson was constantly approached by attractive women who wanted to talk to him…and were probably offering more than just witty conversation. Apparently, he would rather brusquely brush them off. When asked to comment on that seemingly ‘rude’ practice, he said something like this: ‘If any woman is going to get her feelings hurt, it’s not going to be my wife.'” (pg174)