With the long overdue awareness of dating and sexual violence finally being raised with No More public service announcements and greater media attention in general, this offers some recommendations to help prevention really hit its mark.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell set forth stricter sanctions for athletes involved with domestic violence, but may have swung the pendulum too far with a system that could lead to athletes losing their livelihood without due process.
From Richard Sherman to Friday Night Tykes, Football Shows a Side of Humanity that Many Want to Deny. It is a complex sport where we see violence and a different set of rules than society normally accepts. There are reasons why. There is also the reality that anger can be helpful in sports, specifically football, but many athletes don't know how to modulate it.
The video that went viral of Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Mike Rice abusing his players was, unfortunately, not an isolated incident. The line between intense and abusive coaching may be blurry to some, but society and athletics need to make it clear that going over that line won't be tolerated. Fear and intimidation are not at the core of effective coaching.
Due to extreme transgressions that athletes sometimes engage in, it is easy for people from afar to blame the athletes, the teams, the leagues and the counselors that are trying to help the players. Improvements can always be made, but the incidence of these events will never be zero...it isn't in any other segment of our society...
Jerry Sandusky's conviction will generate many thoughts and emotions. It may provide the opportunity for the victims to start to heal. It also is an opportunity for those in the sports world to protect those that need it the most.
The Penn State scandal reminds us that even in places that are watched over by the most moral of people, abuse can happen. Joe Paterno's reputation will forever be tarnished as a result of not taking more action. Hopefully, the silver lining to this horrible set of circumstances will be increased awareness and greater ability to protect children from future sexual abuse.
LeBron James' decision to go to the Miami Heat as a free agent, left some confused. Athletes make difficult decisions that they think are best for them sometimes, even if it leaves us scratching our heads...another reminder that we should be the role models for our children.
Nary a day passes without another sports figure capturing the headlines for an embarrassing transgression.If you can get past the headlines, there are many positive things that sports can bring our children.