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jersey guy

Tallahassee, FL

#1 Jul 10, 2007
Mr. Whitley:
I agree with your comments about the 'rush to judgment' and guilty until proven innocent and even then who cares about the ruling, court of public opinion.
What you have ignored, and what every other commentator ignores, is that none of the FINAL acts by the alleged transgressors is his or her FIRST act. The "privileged-by- inate-or-acquired-talent" have been given a free ride by an adoring public since that talent was first recognized. It's only when OTHER activity becomes so egregious or so blatant that it can no longer be ignored that the public turns on the 'talented' one.
This does not apply solely to athletes; why should anyone care about the comings and goings of a comvicted drunken porn film star born with the proverbial silver spoon (and some unmentionable-in-a-family-news paper other things) in her mouth? Why were we treated to a live, hour-long 'interview' on national television with this female?(If memory serves, Linda Lovelace did not receive this wide-spread adoration.)

Huntsville, AL

#2 Jul 10, 2007
Isn't it about time athletes who are paid exhorbenet salaries that come from our pockets and who are idolized by young kids have to account to moral standards? If we think CEOs should have to answer to stockholders and public officials should answer to taxpayers then it's no more than right that athletes who are in the public image answer to the public. Most are a bunch of spoiled brats that never had money and now don't know what to do with it except buy drugs and big houses and fancy cars. We've lost the true role models of the past like Dan Marino, Joe Montana and others who, if they did do things wrong, were smart enough about it to do it in private.

United States

#3 Jul 11, 2007
I was so happy when I read this article I almost cried. AMEN! Its absolutely right. Its just crazy to me how the media has (selectively) persecuted some guys and demeanized their acts and let other guys (namely Clemens and La Russa) off the hook. Treat everyone the same!
The question of whether athletes should be role models is an interesting one to debate....though I doubt your kids are going to follow in a criminals footsteps just because they're an athlete. But the disparate and reactionary media coverage DOESN'T help the problem. If we're so keen on athletes being role models, why don't we ask the media to report on athletes being role models. Your "true role models" of the past are out there doing good things in the community everyday, you just don't want to see them. The only thing you want to see and the media publicizes is the few knuckleheads who screw up.

Reading, PA

#4 Jul 18, 2007
They ain't just convicted in the court of public opinion, they are convicted in regular old court as well. I think there are better causes out there for you to champion than that of spoiled millionaires electrocuting animals.

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