My recent good news is that I finally found a sports talk radio show on the AM station that I can listen to in the car, the bad news is that I finally found a sports talk radio show that I can listen to in the car…
Recent events with athletes have really gotten me quiet angry with the entire franchise that is “sports”.
I wrote some about my disappointment with athletes and their seemingly laser focus on just earning the “big bucks” the other day. This is sort of a followup to that but more so about HOW decisions are made to ruin everything.
My thought process kind of began when the afternoon sports radio guy called Johnny Manziel “Johnny A-Rod”. My first reaction was “whoa! that’s harsh” but I thought about it and it makes sense.
Both athletes did something wrong. Both are trying to talk their way out of it and blame others. Personal opinion here, both are incredibly talented athletes and both are jerks through and through.
A-Rod tries to blame the Yankees for doing everything they can to release him from his high dollar contract ( or so I heard on the radio ). Johnny Football says, he’s just a kid and a football player.
Let me tell them BOTH something: they are old enough to know better.
Maya Angelou – “When you know better you do better.”
THEY ARE BOTH ADULTS.
It really just makes me furious that people like these two, who have talent BUT also worked very hard to get were they are today can CONTINUE to make poor decision after poor decision and then not take ANY personal responsibility for their actions.
Seriously? WHERE are the people in the lives of these two that WILL pull them aside and say, “Listen. you made a bad choice and there are consequences. Deal with them and go back to playing.”
Sometimes, there is ONE bad decision that “throws it all away” – like that guy who played for the Patriots – Aaron Hernandez. ONE bad decision and his career is over. Well, for now. I assume if he is found innocent he may play again but for now, he is not. Threw his career away with ONE bad decision.
Then there is the most recent athletes in the news. Manziel and Rodriguez. They didn’t learn from the FIRST bad decision they made so they just kept making bad decision after bad decision. Well, all those bad decisions have finally caught up to them and they too, are throwing it all away. All the hard work, long hours, endless repetitions to be better, stronger, faster. All the long days and nights. The traveling away from family, the struggle to get where they are today. All of that wasted on bad decisions.
I don’t know much about Johnny Manziel except say, the highlights of his college career. Yes, he is a great football player – the fact that he won the Heisman is testament to that. Hey Mr. Football, you are in an elite group of men called “Heisman Trophy winners”. Don’t you GET that? I don’t think you do. Do you earn that award? I think so. Did you DESERVE that award? Well, you better start acting like you DESERVED it, like your name DESERVES to be mentioned in the same sentence as some of the greatest football players in the history of the game. You live under a NEW standard now. A standard in which YOU are supposed to be a ROLE MODEL for young kids everywhere who want to be the next “Johnny Football”. Maybe Tim Tebow and RGIII ought to become your new best friends.
Then there is A-Rod. Again, I must write the disclaimer that I AM a Yankees fan, but don’t particularly care for A-Rod. Regardless – Hey Mr. A-Rod, you play for the NEW YORK YANKEES. A team that has 27 World Series wins. A team that is so richly steeped in baseball history and tradition. You signed a contract and wear a uniform with PINSTRIPES!!! Did you work hard to get drafted by the Yankees? Is this YOUR dream come true, to play for this team over all the others? Well, guess what buddy, your dream came true and YOU, too, are a role model for young kids everywhere who go to bed every night dreaming of the day they, too, will earn the right to wear a pinstripe uniform. How about you, sir, admitting your mistakes and then try to lead a bad-decision-free life. Maybe Derek Jeter ought to become YOUR new best friend. (because I don’t recall HIM being in the news as being a poor role model).
Here’s an additional message from me to all athletes – please FULLY understand the consequences of your actions BEFORE you make a bad decision. Understand that once you reach an elite status in sports, YOU now have a different set of responsibilities. Whether you like it or not, you are now a ROLE MODEL for kids like mine who are just at the age where they are looking for famous role models.
You worked hard to earn your spot in sports history, now live and play like you deserve to stay there.
I am not saying we expect you to be perfect. I am saying that when you make a bad choice, you take full responsibility for YOUR actions and accept the consequences. THAT type of behavior is role model behavior, too. Especially when you NEVER repeat the same mistake. Especially when you show that you learned from the errors of your ways and became a better person.
That’s a great role model story to share with my kids too.