Perspective | The shaming of Zion Williamson says more about a culture of critics than about him

But Williamson, 21, has not done himself many favors. It doesn’t help that he is featured in a commercial lounging, playing video games and endorsing a sugary drink. As a highly paid professional athlete and a rising star of the league who also appears in the NBA 75th-anniversary spot shattering a backboard, Williamson has a responsibility to his franchise — and himself — to get into shape and maintain his fitness to ensure a career of longevity. But oversimplifying his appearance as a sign of laziness or lack of self-control does not take into account the emotional, mental and genetic reasons some people pack on the pounds.

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