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Arrogance in athletics

Posted 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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I agree.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 3:36 PM

Talk about arrogance; how about taking hour of national TV (well, ESPN) and really humiliating a city that had supported him for 20-something years, and not even a "thank you".

-- Posted by Tyger on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 4:38 PM

Indeed......

-- Posted by Bjaj1 on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 6:03 PM

It took me 40 years but I finally have a group of sports heros that didn't let me down....The 6 year old Shelbyville allstar baseball team. After going undefeated in the regular season and winning 5 straight tournaments without a loss, they earned their spot in the USSSA Junior World Series held this past week in Atlanta. They represented their team and community well and came in with a 3rd place finish.

As I started the long drive home back to Murfreesboro, at first I was feeling a little down since they didn't take the first place trophy. Then the truth about what had happened finally hit me. We live in an era of Lebron James NBA hype, MLB steroid scandals, and embarrassing NFL superstar antics. In youth leagues, some believe keeping score for kids is a bad thing and that 'everyone gets a trophy' will somehow help their self esteem. These kids played in Atlanta because they love to play, not for a paycheck and not for any endorsement deals, just the purity of the game. They, like all of the family and coaches there, were disappointed when didn't win and many of those boys shed a few tears. However, unknown to those boys the life lessons learned this season of success, hard work, victory and yes, even defeat will serve them well into the future. Thanks to my nephew Seth and the other boys of the Shelbyville Allstar team for not only making me and their community proud, but for restoring some of my hope for the youth of this community as well.

-- Posted by ccloud32 on Sun, Jul 11, 2010, at 4:45 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.