Professional athletes behaving badly off the field

What would it take for you to forgive someone who has hurt you in some way?

Whether it be a friend, co-worker, family member or hero; what could they do for you to give them a second chance at redemption?

Many fans hero’s are their favorite football, basketball, baseball, etc. players. The professional athletes who they idolize every week all year, on-and off-season. But lately, many of those high-profile athletes have not been living up to ‘hero’ status and instead have shamed and let down many kids and life-long fans by their antics off the playing field.

Most recently is the Ben Roethlisberger, well-known QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, assault story. According to sources so far, Big Ben attacked a 20-year old college student at a night club in Georgia in the bathroom. The girl then went to

Big Ben, the 2-time SuperBowl champion needs to control his 'champion drinking and lady skills.'

police outside and told them what happened. However, Roethlisberger was allowed to leave the state but with a pending investigation.

Earlier today, the case picked up when police asked for DNA samples from Big Ben. Results will be announced at a later date.

The question, though, is why put yourself in this position? This happened to him already out in Las Vegas in 2008. And now he is seen at a college night club and has accusations against him once again. You might be a smart QB, Ben, but your off the field performance has left many fans upset, angry and losing faith in you as a leader.

Do you love dogs? Do you hate Michael Vick? For the past two or so years, these two questions have gone hand-in-hand.  Many people and fans have not been able to forget his past, even though the Eagles–known as the b-Eagles after they picked up the convicted dog-fighter last season–have given him a second chance.

Does he deserve it? Vick appears to have tried to make up for his actions and there has been no report of him returning to his old ways. He also lost his family, home, 21-months of his life that he spent in jail and he almost lost his job.

Some fans think he doesn’t deserve to play in the NFL anymore; therefore, no, to them he has not made redemption.

Vick is in Baltimore tonight because he is getting the Ed Block Courage award, which is a peer-voted award for people who do work for abused and handicapped children; Vick is one of 28 NFL players to receive it this year.

However, security has been upped for the ceremony in anticipation of protests from animal rights activists who don’t think Vick should be honored in any way. That is ridiculous and would ruin not only Vick’s night, but the people who put on the ceremony and others who are being awarded as well.

Let it go.

Of course, we then have Tiger Woods. Unless you have been living under a rock the past few months, you have heard at least the jokes made about Wood’s sex scandal.

After he crashed his car Dec. 3, 2010, accusations have flown in about Woods more than letters to Santa at Christmas time.

He lost many of his endorsements, possibly his family, has his close friend and caddy “mad with him” and many people around the world who had looked up to him  are now disappointed. He made an unnecessary public apology Feb. 19,2010; but that could have easily been said on his website, especially after his press conference took attention away from the tour.

What he should have done is personally gone to his endorsers and tried to make amends for the image he cost them. His personal life should then be kept between him and his wife and two children.

Two of baseball’s finest, the Yankees Alex Rodriquez and former Cardinals Mark McGwire, both have hurt their image as hero’s when they were found out to using illegal performance drugs.  Finding out players like A-Rod and McGwire use steroids is like finding out Santa isn’t real; everything you thought you believed in was a lie.

How much though, is too much for a player? They need to remember that they put themselves in the limelight, and that many people, especially young children, look up to them.

Pro-athletes are responsible for their actions as humans but have to also realize they have to keep in mind that when they mess up off the field, a hero dies for a fan somewhere.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine


Tags: , ,

4 Responses to “Professional athletes behaving badly off the field”

  1. Luke Jones Says:

    It all comes down to a sense of entitlement many of these athletes have had–and have been awarded–since an early age. They live by a different set of rules with little to no consequence (typically).

    The real lesson is to educate people to choose their heroes more wisely and more intimately (parents, grandparents, teachers, etc.). That doesn’t mean an athlete cannot be considered a hero, but the reality is we know very little about these guys at the end of the day. Certainly not enough to admire in the way that we often do.

  2. Broke Says:

    I hope you have a good day! Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  3. luxury treadmill Says:

    luxury treadmill…

    […]Professional athletes behaving badly off the field « Charm City Sportaholic[…]…

  4. hoc tieng anh online Says:

    hoc tieng anh online…

    […]Professional athletes behaving badly off the field « Charm City Sportaholic[…]…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: