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8 "Athletes - Are They Heros or Bad Influences?"

Updated on September 10, 2014
You won what race?
You won what race?

Athletes Setting Examples

Athletes that take life for granted.

Why does it seem that athletes seem to take for granted the gift they were given? OK, maybe you don’t want to consider it a gift. Why then do they risk throwing away something that they worked so hard for all of their lives?

And, no matter what it is they let themselves get into, it’s going to be something stupid. Whether it be abusing or cheating on their spouse or some other woman, using or dealing with drugs, getting drunk and driving or in an accident because of the drinking, dealing in dog fighting, illegal gambling, fighting or even shooting someone. It seems like most of them end up doing these things because they think that either they won’t get caught or that they can buy their way out of the trouble they get into. For one thing, these days there is too much media cover to even have a chance of it slipping away. What really makes it bad or worse, is the fact that the more media coverage the more popular the person becomes, no matter how bad it is that the person did. Sometimes the fans are dumb enough to even feel sorry for him/her.

Athletes that do make it to the professional level seem to think they are there because it is owed to them for being good at what they do. The public and fans make them feel that way because no matter what they do wrong they still have fans. The fans should take it upon themselves to let these people know that they are really no better than anyone else. They are appreciated because of their skills and the position they have made it to can be taken away a lot easier than they got it. Just getting a slap on the hand when they get caught has to stop. A big fine doesn’t mean anything to most of them because they are already getting a ridiculous amount of money. That’s another story.

Whether this is what they set out to do or not, they are setting examples for the worlds children especially. Most kids have some kind of a sports idol that they look up to and feel that person can do no wrong.

I realize that all kinds of celebrities are idols and heroes to the kids these days and they set bad examples for the older crowds that are supposed to have matured somewhat, but on some of them you can't tell. But, it seems that kids are exposed more to the athletes and really believe in everything they do whether it’s right or wrong. There are way to many that are actually bad influences on kids. And yes, there is a responsibility of the parents to lead their kids in the right direction. So, parents, when you see that one of of your children are admiring an athlete that is doing wrong, it is your responsibility to show that child where that athlete or celebrity is is going wrong and help steer them in the right direction.

I would like responses and comments on this article. I don’t know what we can do to make it better, especially for our kids, but let’s do something to show that we at least care.


Please feel free to comment and/or click on feedbacks so that I have an idea of how I am doing.


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      SamWR 4 years ago

      Hi, I don't agree with the post. Yes, the athletes do inexcusable things however, like you say, the media coverage is what allows you to hear about it.

      Not that I feel sorry for them but everyone will make mistakes. If the media had thorough coverage on all people I'm sure they would find equally shocking stories, maybe even at a faster rate also.

      At the end of the day, we are all human and we are all greedy. It is how we survive.

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      BrianCFrancis 4 years ago

      Great post! I agree that we should not idolize athletes, celebrities, or as Express mentioned "people that aren't part of that child's life." I just made a post about this regarding the Miley Cyrus situation.

      A few things from my perspective on the problems of athletes:

      1) From the time they are young they receive preferential treatment because they help win games. The first time they deal with authority is the police. The mantra of "win at all costs," has trickled down from professional sports to little league allowing star players to get away with murder - both figuratively and literally.

      2) The media only shows the negative, because it sells. A lot of athletes do wonderful things, but these stories do not sell and therefore are not printed. The public only wants to hear about the terrors of the world. I saw an LPGA golfer donate 100-percent of her winnings and an NFL Player save a high school athletic program in a poor neighborhood. These things are hardly reported but I am almost certain professional athletes as a whole community provides more good charity and services than illegal acts.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi 10, thank you for your humble opinion. An yes, there are way too many adults that "worship" athletes and celebrities that are actually very poor examples and that is why most kids do the same. Everyone should justy be themselves instead of trying or wanting to be someone else. That's my opinion. Greg

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      More people need to be honest about the "heroes" they worship. I think more parents need to be parents and make it clear to their kids that people that aren't a part of that child's life aren't to be worshipped. But that's my humble opinion and there are probably more adults that worship complete strangers than kids. This is a very interesting, honest, and relevant hub.

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      Greg Schweizer 7 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi JLSB, It all comes down to my new most favorite word to explain almost everything. GREED. The athletes, Dr.'s, lawters, politicians all say they they do it because it is what they enjoy doing or because they enjoy helping people. But if you took away the ability to make the big bucks, they wouldn't enjoy it so much if at all. They would probably find something else to do. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Greg

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      JLSB 7 years ago

      I feel the same way. I can remember not to long ago how much I liked to watch baseball. Now I don't because of all the things they do that the public just lets go or makes a big deal out of it.It ended for me when they had to go on strike for more money. Thats when they thought of it as just money, not the sport anymore. They just splash it all over the news what they do wrong and make it seem like they are great for doing it. It is sad what has happened to the SPORTS world. Hope it can get back to being just a sport thats fun and honest.