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Arrogance in athleticsPosted Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 3:23 PM
What's going on in big-time athletes' minds these days?
Enough of LeBron James. I'm looking at a page from Friday's Miami Herald with a large headline proclaiming this arrogant and rich NBA star as 'Chosen 1." I've also seen the soon-to-disappear 10-story high Cleveland billboard picturing James looking up, with arms spread wide, and the words "We Are All Witnesses."
I'm offended by the use of religious imagery in connection with sports stars. They're just human. Period.
And I wonder about the level of humanity around the University of Tennessee football program.
I don't buy the excuse that the latest round of players in trouble are young and that young people make mistakes. Granted, all of us have or will make mistakes when young.
But the amount of violence around the UT football program is ridiculous. The emphasis on alcohol around college crowds is far beyond acceptable already, and it seems that many athletes, in particular, feel they deserve special treatment. It doesn't help when they're treated as VIP's, as the wife of Bar Knoxville's owner described his practice.
Just play the game, guys. Let your level of play do the talking. And remember, you're only human -- and no more deserving of special treatment than anyone else.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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