This article is so lacking in analysis and full of conjecture it's hard to
believe this guy is actually a journalist. Strip clubs a red flag for college
and pro athletes? I'm sure the correlation between those two is so high
that if you remove one you remove the other. Pot? Seriously? The drug of
choice for the average hippie? You might as well attempt to remove all athletes
who get drunk on a regular basis.I'm sure there are some true
red flags that should cause teams to run the other way from certain athletes but
having been close to pro athletes in the past strip clubs and pot are not two of
them and just demonstrates how little this author either knows about this world
or is willing to actually do some research. I'm not saying either one is
good just that these two are so prevalent among the pro sports world they tell
us absolutely nothing about an individual's character relative to others.
It all starts in High School, if not earlier. There was a certain individual at
a High School where I taught who got away with several major infractions. Why?
"Because he had a chance to play Division I basketball!"Administrators and coaches thought they would be doing the kid a disservice if
they cracked down on him too hard. So they tried to "work" with him, to
"help" him have a "future".One guess as to whether
or not that approach worked.Character means everything. If you
don't have it, you aren't going anywhere. Like somebody prior to me
said, he had it all. But his lack of character appears to have caused him to
throw it all away.
I feel like this article was misleading. I was expecting a legal break down of
his situation as of the evidence right now. Instead I got and advertisement for
this dudes writing. There were no pro's and con's. Just a silly
statistical that made it look like a high percentages of football players are
criminals. This statistic was also 15 years old. It's irrelevant. Very
Its not just the coaches that turn a blind eye to the situation... the fans, and
worse, the boosters, who promote an environment where bad behavior is over
looked if they are a good player. We have a slew of these types go through the
system, no school is exempt. The Y just last year had a couple of players,
thankfully, tossed from the team for their behavior at an all night diner. But we know this kind of machismo stuff goes on far too much. At UNC,
the program was almost taken to its knees because of agents who tempted young
men into situations they shouldn't have been in. They outcry from the
boosters was not to purge the system of these bad players...but was to give them
excuses...because of their contribution on the field... which somehow should
give them extra consideration. Its win at all cost now days.... and
tolerating bad people, in sports, business or politics, has become the price
society is willing to pay - to win.
Wow this is a great story.
what a waste. Every time I look at Hernandez I am struck by the complete waste
of a life. The kid had it all - great talent and a nearly 50 million dollar NFL
contract and a beautiful family to boot. All ya got to do is be a decent normal
citizen and you are set for life and you throw it all away because you just
can't stop shooting people. What a waste. Now - think for a moment of the
real victim here who is now dead. What about his family. Seems to me his family
members should get some of Hernandez's money from the NFL.