Is South Beach too hot for athletes? ...

Is South Beach too hot for athletes? -- South Florida Sun-Senti...

There are 55 comments on the SouthFlorida.com story from Jul 14, 2007, titled Is South Beach too hot for athletes? -- South Florida Sun-Senti.... In it, SouthFlorida.com reports that:

The South Beach wine-and-dine is a standard recruiting tool for South Florida teams trying to woo players.

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Gary

Atlanta, GA

#50 Jul 17, 2007
OhBrother wrote:
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I graduated from the University of California. Want to compare titles and National University ranking? When your oversized tax-funded school can crack the Top 30 ACADEMIC national ranking and win titles let use know! Unfortunately I work in Gainesville and know all about Nose Picker Nation!
I applaud your school being ranked 21, far ahead of our 47. Although if we did the research the difference between the top 30 and top 50 would be very small i'm guessing. I'm hoping you can be more civil next time and then you won't have to be in this corner defending your hostility. I still would rather raise my kids in Gainesville than in California.
Iceman

Boca Raton, FL

#51 Jul 17, 2007
Yes, there are bad cops out there just like there are bad athletes, bad bankers, bad plumbers, etc. However, 151 LEO's died in the line of duty last year (54 were murdered) so it's understandable why some may be a little overzealous - they are literally defending their lives. Do yourself and the LEO a favor; when he/she tells you to do something, DO IT!(In case you're wondering; no, I'm not a cop.)
Sloppy Joe

Miami, FL

#53 Jul 17, 2007
Robert Viands wrote:
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Great post, and I agree they've changed to a tourist spot, but there's still corruption in the city.
The same thing happens with the football and baseball stadiums. The city promises it will bring in tons of money, yet most people never see it. Only the people at the top (Wayne) make lots of money. That's why no one wants to build a Marlins stadium.
SOBE is a fad, and they all eventually come to an end. Overpriced entrance fees, overpriced drinks, and now cops that are itching to arrest just to prove they're right.
I mean gee, if the Miami Arena and the AAA did what the politicians said, then there should be lots of clubs in downtown Miami next to Bayside.
SoBe is a fad that's been going on for nearly 20 years now, and has gotten much stronger during the last 10. Not that I'm a SoBe fan, screw the pretty-boy metrosexual wannabe's that hang out there, outside of fishing in Government Cut why bother with the place?
Goomba Al

Pittsburgh, PA

#54 Jul 17, 2007
Why anyone would look to an athlete as a subject of adulation escapes me, as does the practice of college alumni donating money to them. It seems as if we all need our vacation from reality.
The Law

West Palm Beach, FL

#55 Jul 17, 2007
In today's legal world, we have policemen who either want to collect a pension and look the other way when a big name person is involved. Or policemen looking for a big payout with a book/tv deal or a lawsuit from a celeb arrest. i.e. O.J. arrest.

There are some police officers who have jealous feelings that the high paying athlete has more exposure and rewards than what a low paying cop receives.

If a police officer is eyeing a certain high profile celeb for any sign of trouble, than that police officer is discriminating against him or her.

When Miami Beach find out that celebs and other high profile, money spending people stop going to their area, then they can go back to worry about the bums, the druggies and the homeless taking over the South Beach area once again.

Message for the Miami Beach city officials, try not to kill the Goose who lays the golden egg.
Whats going on

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#56 Jul 17, 2007
A Nurse wrote:
I remember back in the 1990s, when South Beach used to be a great place to hang out and have a great time. Now that whole scene is SOOOOO over it isn't funny! Most of the really good places to eat and hang out closed down years ago, and the really cool people are long gone. Now South Beach is full of wrinkly old rich people, racist cops, and pretentious people whose idea of 'fun' is to go dining every night for over-rated food at too-expensive restaurants, gawk at and criticize people who wear better designer clothes, drive more expensive cars, and can afford more plastic surgery than they do---then they go back home to their ridiculous lives.
South Beach is boring, boring, boring--- and the only thing that's keeping it on the radar at all is these events now and then that bring out the celebrities and the athletes. But, soon even they will stop coming, and then the town will just become another dull, over-priced, over-built condo jungle just like all the rest of south Florida. I hope a really nice big hurricane comes along this summer and blows that whole town down flat. Hopefully, all the city managers, the cops, and old pharts who live there will blow away, too. That town could really use a new beginning. Maybe then it could become what it used to be again.
Terrific post.
Dutch

United States

#57 Jul 17, 2007
Iceman wrote:
Yes, there are bad cops out there just like there are bad athletes, bad bankers, bad plumbers, etc. However, 151 LEO's died in the line of duty last year (54 were murdered) so it's understandable why some may be a little overzealous - they are literally defending their lives. Do yourself and the LEO a favor; when he/she tells you to do something, DO IT!(In case you're wondering; no, I'm not a cop.)

WELL SAID!

As for SoBe, who cares?

GO 'Phins!!
David Young

Fort Pierce, FL

#58 Jul 17, 2007
Tell your overpaid, egocentric, pampered athletes to follow the rules and obey the police and they won't have problems.
David Young

Fort Pierce, FL

#59 Jul 17, 2007
...and don't blame the police for enforcing the law on people who don't know how to act in public.
Miami Beach Police

Miami, FL

#60 Jul 17, 2007
Quote - I cringe when I hear my clients are going down there," said agent Mark Bartelstein, who represents about 40 NBA players. He said he tells them to avoid South Beach because he believes in some cases police "mishandled and mistreated" athletes.

ER More like athletes think they are too rich and famous to abide by the law!

“Dream Big and Go Boldly”

Since: May 07

Miami Beach, Florida

#64 Jul 18, 2007
David Young wrote:
Tell your overpaid, egocentric, pampered athletes to follow the rules and obey the police and they won't have problems.
Good Post! If they can't behave, stay away. I am a Miami Beach resident who is sick of tourists and visitors who come here and think they can behave any way they want to. What is wrong with having some self control? I personally don't care for the South Beach party scene and generally avoid the area. Washington Avenue is full of nothing but hookers, homeless bums, and druggies. The Miami Beach Police have their hands full trying to keep order down there on weekends without having to waste time babysitting these immature jocks.
Ignorance Central

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#65 Jul 18, 2007
Here's an idea: Stop behaving like animals and the cops will leave you alone. Professional atheletes should know better. Sportsmanship and professionalism have been lost lately.
Ratinum

Wappingers Falls, NY

#67 Jul 21, 2007
Ignorance Central wrote:
Here's an idea: Stop behaving like animals and the cops will leave you alone. Professional atheletes should know better. Sportsmanship and professionalism have been lost lately.
So Robert Hite was behaving like an animal when they arrested him for no reason? As far as I know animals don't drive home after parties in luxury cars only to get pulled over by cops for no reason. And what's unsportsmanlike and unprofessional about any of it? They are not playing sports on Miami Beach, they are having a life like anyone else. The bottom line is any Black man with a car that cost more than $80k is going to get pulled over for no reason. Black men know it, and cops know it. I know personally. I also know that they do brag amongst themselves about what notable person they harassed or arrested. It is a bragging right.

If you ever by the grace of God work hard enough to earn the privilege of driving a car that you really like, you'll realize that this behavior by cops is trifling and petty. You don't think much of your car, because you jump in it and drive it everyday. When a cop see it, he gets mad and wants to interrupt your daily activities and hassle you. The next thing you know, 4 cop cars are behind you with the lights flashing.
HouTxFinFan

United States

#68 Aug 5, 2007
I have to admit I didn't have time to read all off the previous posts...however, do you really believe all these cops know who they are busting when they 1st approach them?? I doubt it! These guys are acting like/doing things that get most others in trouble too. The difference is they "high profile atheletes" think they are special/above the law and they start shyt with the cops, either verbally or physically(Evans 6'2" & 305lbs.). Of course, the cops are going to act in an aggresive way back at them. My experience and advice from other off duty cops, is to treat them with the utmost of respect and you MAY get off a little easier.

I think it has alot to do about the attitude of the "high profile atheletes" towards authority!!

GO FINS!!
Dolfan in the Carolinas

Raleigh, NC

#69 Aug 11, 2007
Athletes shouldn't be out drinking and partying. They should stay home. Thats why there is little success with the Dolphins, Marlins, and now the Heat players. No dedication or commitment equals no success. Why pay to see guys play when you know the effort is not there.

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