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2013-07-11 / Sports

Season??

by Mike Organ

It is baseball season for the professional baseball players, but for the rest of the paid sports performers, it is the “off season”. To a lot of the pro athletes it becomes the “arrest season”. The pampered pros get arrested for family violence, DWI, possession of drugs or paraphernalia, and crimes against society.

The current execution style murder involving Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is the worst. The Patriots must have a belief that the charges are serious, because they cut him loose almost immediately. Contrast that to the Cowboys, whose nose tackle has been charged with the death of a teammate while driving under the influence. The Boys had him on the sideline with them at the next home game. The Cowboy has since failed a drug test. Don’t the professional athletes believe the justice system is for them also?

Several UT and A&M athletes have been charged with varying crimes or assaults. Each player was suspended from the team activities. None were kicked off the team or out of school, and will ultimately be back to team activities once the season starts and they can be monitored all day, every day.

The NFL has said that since the end of the season, only 29 players have been arrested or charged with crimes. Of the 2880 players on the NFL teams’ rosters, that is only one percent, which is smaller than the regular society. The crimes are likely to be higher profile than most of regular society.

Are the athletes given preferential treatment? Yes, by most of society, despite the claim they are held to a higher standard. Look at the athletes in high school, college and professional leagues. They usually get punished by the coach, or a slightly different type of punishment, so the whole “team” won’t get hurt by the player’s problem.

Athletes are held in awe by most of society; therefore, are granted a slightly different set of rules to govern their behavior. Is it right? No. Why do we let it happen? We want to win, be #1, etc, and until that changes, the athletes will continue to get the favor.

That is not to say winning isn’t important, but we can win within the rules of society, respect for our opponent, and with honor.

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