Athletes have really had a rough week. They have truly been screwing up. Or at least it seems more so than normal. These past couple of days have been ugly. Lets go from the least serious to most serious actions. There was the Danny Ainge incident, where he threw up a white towel while J.J. Hickson of the Cavaliers was shooting a free throw. A classless move by a guy that is the team’s General Manager. I will state though, he was known for pulling ridiculous antics as a player similar to this. There is still no excuse. And then on to the big news of the day..
Possibly the greatest linebacker of all time, is back in the press again. It has been a few years since America has heard about the former Giant great. But LT (Lawrence Taylor) is back in the headlines again. And you know it is for no good. Taylor is being accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. This is terrible and is truly embarrassing not only to him, but to his family. This guy has been in all sorts of trouble over the years. But there has been a good 9 years gap since his last encounter with the law. And my condolences go out to the 16 year old girl and her family.
I am still shocked even though I have been hearing about it all day. I will never quite understand what drives a man to do such a horrible thing. I mean it has really been a rough week in the sporting realm and this is just the icing on the cake.
The biggest news of the week and something that most of you have probably been hearing about all week, a lacrosse player at the University of Virginia murdered a female lacrosse player. It is a shame to, because one athletes actions can really drive a stereotype of them all. Many say that you can overshadow a thousand good acts with one bad act. Well athletes have really had a rough week. You got the immaturity of Danny Ainge. Then you got the insanity and ridiculous of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor. And then you have the horrible act of George Huguely.
So the question I pose to you all. Are a higher percentage of athletes bad compared to non athletes? Or does it just get magnified because many athletes are already exposed in the national realm and therefore when they screw up, it gets more press?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.