Wednesday, September 17, 2014
bad behavior of professional athletets
Do they think that pro football players "suddenly" have anger issues?
Do they think that "suddenly" foot ball players show disrespect for women?
Are they NUTS?????
In community leagues, kids are taught to be aggressive. They are rewarded for it. And they are coddled so that if they do something wrong they aren't punished, but their behavior is "boys being boys" and swept under the run.
In high school the boys on the football team are BMOC. They are the jox. They are praised for their ability to be rough on the field, and so what if they treat girls like crap. Aren't they entitled to let off steam? Hey, they are the winners, right? Doesn't that give them some privledges? After all, the more aggressive they are the more college coaches with look at them and they can possibly get picked for a college team, and get a "free" education. So why tarnish and spoil their chances by making a big deal about a minor incident of bad behavior, no many how many they are or how often they are repeated. Just keep it quiet so their record stays clean. Right? What does it matter if girls get roughed up, or used, or mistreated. So the player gets a girl pregnant? Is that any reason to reprimand him?That has nothing to do with football. "The girl" knew what she was doing. If she didn't want to be pregnant she should have used protection. Or did she get pregnant to snag someone with a bright future?
In college, you know it's tough being on a varsity team. The "boys" work hard, they train hard. They are under a lot of pressure to perform, and they have ample opportunity to meet co-eds who find them successful and a status symbol. The boys are sought after companions.
And if they have a relationship that isn't "satisfactory" and the player gets a little crude, or verbally abusive? So what? The girls get used to being treated badly, they have had plenty of practice through high school, and if they didn't like it they can leave. Or can they? No football player likes being dumped, especially when it could be public knowledge. So if a girl is not cooperating it's ok to slap her around right? And if she doesn't "put out" it's not really rape, because after all they expect it, right?
So they are so good on the field that when they get out of college they are on a pro team. Now the real spotlight is on them. This is it. The NFL. The big time. And how do they feel? Invincible. Why should they feel any different when their whole life they have been getting away with bad behavior? Drinking, drugs, fights what they heck, it's just the way things are.
So what's the solution? suspend a team member for a few games when they do something wrong NOW? Why? When all of their lives they haven't been punished or taught how to behave they are suddenly held accountable for their actions?
If the NFL is serious about curbing bad behavior they should start when 8 years put on pads, helmets. Pop Warner teams should teach not only team spirit and sportsmanship, but civility and appropriate conduct ON and OFF the field. The NFL should make it clear that celebrating good games and good players is more important than rewarding bad behavior.
If colleges were serious about football they would NOT encourage bad behavior, and they would not promote recruiting of good players, but bad men.
If high schools were serious about football they would reinforce what is taught to the boys about teamwork, sportsmanship and school pride and encourage their team too NOT bring shame to their high school by exhibiting bad behavior off the field.
You don't need rage to be a good player. You don't need cursing, rape, drunkedness or drugs. You need a willingness to suceed, and a good heart.
If the NFL calls football "Amerioca's game", I feel sorry for America.