Friday, 17 July 2009 08:20
Stanley Greenberg is right about the sports press often making “heroes” of star athletes; only to eventually tear them down. He’s right that most of these superstars don’t deserve the man of the year-type labels they get. However, I’d like to point out that those who “are caught carrying illegal guns, or brutalizing women, or taking unlawful drugs” do deserve to have the press begin the tearing down process.
It’s just too bad that such athlete-criminals usually do not receive all the punishment they deserve from our court system. For instance, the token 30 days that football player Donte Stallworth will have to spend in jail for killing a woman while driving drunk. After those 30 days are served, he will be “free”, while she will, of course, remain dead and buried.