|What Are We Breeding?|
Many of us played some form of organized sports in our youth. There are many advantages to participating; pushing oneself to new heights and achievements, learning how to work with others, understanding the concept of a team and much more. It used to be so much fun, such hard work, of course, but that hard work provided so many rewards. What has happened to sports?
Over the last few years we have seen sports stars do all sorts of things...illegal things, as if they are a privileged bunch and can do what they like. From literally knocking one's girlfriend out in an elevator to murder and just about everything in between.
Aaron Hernandez, a gifted tight end (X) for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, after signing a $40+ Million contract, gets arrested and charged with murder (multiple murders actually), then fired from the Patriots as they march to another Super Bowl victory, and today was found Guilty on all counts: "Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder",
Is this what we want our kids to aspire to? What causes this to be repeated throughout the professional sports world?
Imho, it is all about the money. These atheletes are 'favored' throughout there career, starting long before they hit the pro level. They receive special recognition and treatment from the first time they are 'recognized' as special at their sport and continue to get favored treatment throughout their schooling and their adult lives. Heck, a lot of them sign multi-million contracts before they are even 20 y/o; and it does something to them ... something bad to many.
Hernandez is just another glaring example of self-entitlement and arrogance. He is another example of what is wrong with us.
He will now spend the rest of his natural born life in prison - except for the two more trials he will attend; another murder trial and yet one more civil trial for shooting a friend in the eye!
Is this really what we want our youth to emulate, to be? Is the drive to win a championship acceptable at all costs?