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Should there be more serious consiquences?

Posted on: January 31, 2008 7:53 am
I know raising a child right starts in the home. The Father or Mother should be the first "role model" in their childs life. But when that child becomes interested in sports he or she starts to look up to the biggest sport figures. How do you explain to them that their "idol" was arrested for drugs or using performance enhancing drugs or beating his wife? I know these players put alot of blood sweat and tears to get where they are but I still think it is a priviledge to be playing for the NFL or MLB or NBA, and there should be stronger and stricter penalties and punishment. If not, when will it end? These organizations need to realize what an impact these players and coaches have on the youth watching them. A child that sees his favorite player get banned or put in jail for using drugs is alot less likely to be interested in trying them when given the opportunity than one who sees their favorite athlete be slapped on the wrist and fined a few dollars. I know there are some real role models out there and my hat is off to them. It is just really disappointing when someone you or your child has looked up to for so long has been involved in something like that. What do you think? Should profesional atheletes be accountable for the way they may influence our youth? Again, I know as a parent it starts at home. But does anyone really think that this has little or no affect on the kids?
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Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2008 11:13 am

Should there be more serious consiquences?

I believe there should be equal consequences for everyone. Sure the players are higher profile than the normal people out there, but because they are high profile they shouldn't be punished more. However, and a big however, their name will be dragged through the press hard, and perhaps they will feel much much more guilt than lesser profile people. I like this comment of yours about Favre, who nowadays seems to be going out of his way to talk negative about his former team the Packers. So maybe he has his share of bad deeds too.

Bottom line is that yes these guys are role models, and yes they should be extra hard to stay on the proper and right path because many kids look up to them, but I dont think we can hold them to a higher standard than the rest of us... thank you

Coach T

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 12:09 pm

Should there be more serious consiquences?

Good points. I dont think athletes should be punished more than anyone else. I think the leagues rules should be more stict concerning some of these things. I agree with you on the "thug" and "gangster" image alot of these guys portray. It probably is more of a concern than the drug use. I really dont care what any of the players do on there own time, and if they want to smoke weed or snort coke then so be it. Its the performance enhancing drugs that I think take away from the true pioneers of the game. For that I think there should be a stiffer consiquence. Look at how they treat Pete Rose. What the hell man? This guy gambled and is obviously regretful of what he did and he is banned for life. That is not fair at all. Why would MLB ban someone for something like that but then not ban another player for taking drugs that obviously improved and elevated his play? You said it TigrPride, the money, the entertainment, and the news it brings...Its sad.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2008 11:36 am

Should there be more serious consiquences?

I agree that raising kids starts at home, but there is only so much a mother or father, or both can do. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. You can teach a kid all there is to know, but it is ultimately up to him what he is going to do. Many kids idolize the wrong athletes and these athletes do indeed have a persona about them of "gangster" or "thug" or "criminal" and that's exactly how they want to be thought of. Take the NBA for example. I've never seen so many tattoos in my life, they can't possibly think that is cool, can they? Who exactly are they emulating and who put that garbage in their mind that that is cool. A lot of the players talk about being a role model, and some sports figures are: Favre, Young, Manning, Brady, Dunn, Wade, Nash, Nowitzki, Ripken, Ryan, the list can go on and on. Most kids don't look up to these figures because they aren't flashy, they don't celebrate in the endzone, get technical fouls, or hit 50 homeruns a season, most kids now don't idolize the real heroes of the sport, rather just the opposite. For every 1 role model, there are 25 terrible role models, there is nothing you can do about it, that is just what professional sports have become. I would say if you want kids to idolize sports figures, turn on the college games, these players have a better work ethic, more character, poise and drive and most have not turned into the gangsters and thugs you see in the pros. As far as the drugs go, i don't think you can do anything about it, and i don't believe a professional athlete should be punished anymore than anyone else, hell i don't believe people should be punished for a lot of the drugs they do get punished for. 50% of prisons in the United States are filled with non-violent drug offenders. The average sentence for a violent offender(murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary, armed robbery) is 64 months while the average non-violent drug offender is 78 months, shocking isn't it? Our society has gotten to a point where half of the laws are completely ridiculous. Barry Bonds for example. He lied to a grand jury about supposedly taking steroids, but what did his using steroids have to do with the investigation of BALCO. It had no premise in the questioning and i believe that was an unfair question to ask a professional athlete with hiss career on the line. Baseball players in particuarly are being held to a higher standard than other sports stars. Why can a bicyclist use steroids and he gets a ban, but a baseball player uses steroids and he is being questioned by the grand jury and being threatened to be thrown in jail if he does not answer the question as to whether or not he used steroids. Shawne Merriman uses steroids, gets suspended for 4 games, and gets rewarded with the defensive MVP the same year! Now that is ridiculous. I agree that these players have a huge influence over kids and are idolized even by adults and the professional sports organizations know this, but in the end it is a business, and without controversy there is no business for the NBA, MLB and NFL, no celebrations, who cares about the games, T.O. doesn't sign a ball after a TD, less interest, Joe Horn doesn't pull a phone out of the goalpost, what do they talk about on ESPN, etc etc. Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa don't use steroids and hit 60+ in the same year after the record stood for 30 years, where would the interest be in baseball? Bonds comes right behind them and crushes the record again, you don't think the commissioner knew? You're very naive if you think he didn't. Know why he didn't blow the whistle? Money, it brought MLB back to life, he knew it, we knew it, we wanted to see it. If anyone here watched any of the games, bought any of the tickets, bought any memorabilia, anything, they contributed to the destruction of the game and added to the problem. If we should blame anyone it should be the commissioner of baseball for letting this go on knowingly and blowing the whistle 4 years after the fact, in some cases 6-7. I don't think it matters to a kid what happens to the athletes, whether they go to jail or not for using drugs, they will try the drugs if they want to try them, they will do what other kids are doing at the next level, they will do what they have to to compete at the next level. I don't think it is the performance enhancing drugs that we need to worry about, that is nonsense and getting blown way out of proportion. What we need to worry about are these athletes like, Jamaal Tinsley getting in 2 or 3 gun fights in 18 months. Those are the kind of role models we don't need, not some guy that uses steroids for your entertainment. Where were we when all this was going on? Were we boycotting Barry Bonds when he was slamming homeruns every other night? No. We contributed to the problem.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 11:25 am

Should there be more serious consiquences?

Yeah, I have even heard some (or at least one) athlete say he didnt ask to be a role model. The fact is you dont have to ask for it. It comes with the job. They know this going in. I agree about Brett Favre, he is a rare one, and unfortunately you will probably never see another football player that loves the game as much as him.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 11:08 am

Should there be more serious consiquences?

I would have to say yes it does have an affect on kids and yes at first the parents are the main influence but then they grow up and look up to other people like Athletes if their into sports like my nephew. Which he loves all sports but mainly football and he's really good at it. Luckily one of the football players he looks up to is Brett Favre. Don't get me wrong Favre has had his problems with Vicodin but he did bring it up to the public and then fixed the problem. Other then that I think Favre is a great role model. After Favre retires I'm kinda afraid to see who he looks up to next. So should there be more serious consiquences, I think yes. I've seen this brought up before and there is quit a few people that think Athletes arn't role models but my guess is that they don't have kids of their own.

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