Re-evaluating the game planPublished 7:09pm Friday, July 5, 2013
By Lynden Blake, Staff Writer
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that professional athletes have been in more news stories lately that are not quite their usual top plays on SportsCenter.
The latest nightly news headline has been Aaron Hernandez and his alleged murder of a semi-pro football player. He is among many pro athletes that have been charged with murder or other felony offenses. Hello! You are making millions, as well as praised by millions of people daily for your talent, and what are you doing on the side? Not looking over your playbook, that’s for sure. I may be living in my own fantasy world, but if I were living my dream on TVs around the world I would be trying my best to be my best and leave the other nonsense (excuse my pun) out of bounds.
With all the other bad news going on in the world, Americans depend on sports for their happy place. When I was growing up, I always heard that sports teach kids how to be better people in society. Statistics are thrown out all the time about how children who partake in sports are proven to be successful on and off the field.
I am not just ranting on Hernandez, even though he’s stupid. Athletes have been in the news about dog fighting, sexual harassment, drugs, domestic violence, oh the list can go on and on. Will it ever end?
I just want to grab a megaphone and go all Spike Lee on these athletes screaming in their ears, “Do the right thing!”
Don’t get me wrong, I am the biggest fan of professional athletes. I jokingly say I workout so I can marry one, but I want the bad apples of the bunch gone so there is more attention focused on the ones who put on camps to raise money for charity, or help an old lady to the car with her groceries (if pro athletes actually shop for their own groceries).
Look, you are a professional athlete, key word being professional, so act like one or go back home and pretend you are one with the help of the latest addition of Madden.
You know, money must really not buy you happiness. If I am happy, the last thing I want to do is try to hurt someone. Heck, if I am happy all I want to do is sing and bake cookies.
Oh well, I feel sorry for those who purchased a new Hernandez jersey last year. I would say to sell it on eBay, but that might be shooting yourself in the foot.
Blake is a staff writer for The Outlook.