Athletes are only human

By TESSA CASE

Athletes are supposed to entertain us, not be our moral mentors. They should not be subject to so much criticism for incidents unrelated to sports.

The world of sports has always been plagued with scandals, but recent news involving University of Arizona Wildcats made me realize the extent of the problem:

• Tucson police arrested several UA football players after women and men were assaulted during a fight at an off-campus party. The players denied the charges.

• Two freshmen from the basketball team transferred due to off-court difficulties. One, a 19-year-old freshman, was recently charged on suspicion of extreme DUI.

• Another basketball player was arrested on charges of domestic violence aggravated assault. He said he is innocent, but his mugshot has been printed in articles nationwide.

Before we pass judgment, consider this: I’ve done things I would not want publicized. I’m sure that’s true for most of you.

Think of your most shameful secret. Now visualize that action displayed in bold headlines for the world to read. Try to imagine, beyond legal repercussions, that you will be ridiculed in blogs or on “Saturday Night Live” skits for years to come.

This nightmare is an unfortunate reality for many athletes. Apparently having athletic talent is synonymous with being a role model.

Parents need to instill values in their children, not hope that their favorite athletes will behave well offscreen.

If athletes wanted to help others follow the right path in life, they would have pursued careers as life coaches or social workers.

It’s especially aggravating that these personal issues, which would be private matters for any ordinary citizen, become more newsworthy than their athletic achievements themselves.

I am not saying that I agree with all of their antics.

However, I do believe you should consider your own worst behavior before you judge a stranger’s morality.

 PCC journalism student Case watches sports for entertainment, not self-improvement.

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  1. Isaac says:

    I disagree. Being any type of talented person will always entail being somewhat of a role model. People strive and aspire to be great. When someone shows exceptional skills, they naturally gain admiration of others around them. The by-product of greatness is enhanced scrutiny. Granted, there are situations that exceptions. However, being a great athlete for a college sportsteam includes the responsibility of being sort of symbol for the school. There is nothing wrong with that. As a U of A student and athlete, I accept the responsibility of holding myself to a higher standard, including displaying certain behavior off the field.

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