*When did professional sports become a league full of gun toting, weed smoking, steroid shooting wannabe athletes?
My guess is it happened when the coach was so busy smoking crack that he failed to tell his players ‘do as I say, not as I do,’ and team owners didn’t bother to say anything because they just want to win and make money.
It used to be that someone who called himself an athlete could be counted on to treat his body like a temple.
Now, that is not the case. Sure, these crackpot heads are a small percentage of professional athletes (let’s hope so anyway) and I’ve never heard of anybody doing something as brainless as what suspended NBA baller Gilbert Arenas did, but an avalanche starts with a single snowflake and then it grows.
A snowflake looks like a 30-year old man who gains thirty pounds of muscle in the off season and nobody bothers to “random” test him. He goes from no-star to all star status in one season, then conveniently confesses his illegal drug use after retirement just as his tell-all book is about to be published.
A snowflake looks like as a man who defies every written policy there is to keep a rack of guns in his locker, threatens a co-worker with violence, lies about it when he’s confronted then gets probation instead of jail time.
Snowflakes look like a dozen potential first-round draft choice athletes whose background reports include a history of smoking marijuana in college, but instead of head coaches and general managers crossing off these potential problems from the list to make room for athletes who have kept their noses clean they discuss whether the illegal drug users are recreational users or addicts; as if one doesn’t beget the other.
That’s one hell of a snowflake and it’s gaining momentum. But the leagues change the rules to fit the players and the owners write the checks anyway.
College is filled with experimentation. I too was a student athlete so I’m no stranger to college life. But if we allow people to ignore the accountability that should be expected of them as representatives of their universities, their families and themselves we shouldn’t be surprised when as pros they fall short.
Either gain control of these snowflakes while you can or just tear up the good behavior portion of the pro contract and shoot spitballs with it.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Send questions, comments or requests for speaking engagements to Steffanie at [email protected]. And see the video version of her journal at youtube.com/steffanierivers.