Athletes, Above the Law or Usual Suspect?
- The most popular sports
- The example of Joe Mesa
- Assets such as Irvin or Iverson
- Crime and the ordinary citizen
- The emphasis on the individual that excels the most
An alarming number of professional athletes are joining the ranks of America's dissidents and depraved populations. Criminals are now wearing the colors of the Dallas Cowboys instead of the blue dungarees of prisoners. So far this year over 134 athletes within franchise operated sports institutions have been reported for criminal activity (Farrey, 1). This means that if you were to average the number of reports that every two days an athlete breaks the law. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that the majority of these athletes goes unpunished and in many cases aren't prosecuted. This has created a new image for professional athletes, instead of the respected role model of yesteryear we think of a steroid enhanced, boozing, womanizing, drug user. This obviously has had consequences in our society and within sports institutions, mostly negative. Yet rather than respond to this reflection the decadent morals of our society, we further the downward spiral by adjusting to this new breed of athlete.
[...] If there is a problem concerning one of their players, it should be dealt with because any thing that has to do with that player will ultimately affect the team, directly or indirectly. The best defenses the coaches can take is to either implement support for the athlete and in cases of drug abuse like Brett Farve's pain killer addiction, help the player through rehabilitation. And if the athlete is convicted, then condemn the action, and depending upon the severity of the crime, either attempt rehab or kick them off the team. [...]
[...] The basis of this "sport" is to have two large and intimidating men (or women as well these days) stand inside a square "ring" and proceed pummeling each other until one falls down and stays down or is ruled as the loser. Quite sophisticated isn't it. Well it just so happens that one of the most successful boxers in history, (which would mean he's pretty good at being violent right?) Mike Tyson, was convicted of rape a few years ago, yet went quite unhindered in his return to boxing. [...]