Words...and other things, really.
Unless you live under a rock you have probably heard the tape of Donald Sterling the Los Angeles Clippers owner and his girlfriend-mistress which shed public light on his personal (stupid) thoughts.
Remember when sports were about the things that took place on the field? I guess, in reality that is probably a child like view because we all know there have always been bigger meanings to sports. I love Jackie Robinson and I am proud of Major League Baseball for honoring him every year, so clearly sports were never just about what happens on the field of play.
Unfortunately, lately it seems there are way too many ugly issues that show up in sports that have nothing to do with sports themselves. I miss the days when I didn't have to think about athletic assistance molesting children, racist team owners, bigotry and homophobia in the locker rooms, PEDS, coaches verbally abusing students or worse, sexual assault charges against the star athlete, DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges pending against this player and weapons or murder charges pending against that one, suicides and out of control parents on and off the field of play. Somewhere along the way, sports became ugly. Somehow it became representative of not only what is right but what is very wrong in our society.
When I turn on my TV to watch a baseball, hockey, football, or basketball game, I don't want to think about or worry about these things but it has become a sad fact. Instead of just being able to listen to Dirk Nowitzki talk about the Mavs-Spurs series we get his opinion on the sad state of the Clippers. Instead of hearing about a Rangers playoff run we have to face possible suspension rumors of PED athletes and how the players feel about those things, instead of just enjoying sports we are faced with the sad reality that these people that we elevate to stardom because they can play a kids sport really well, no matter how nice they may seem or how often they use Jesus' name in post-game interviews, may actually not be that smart or that nice. They are, after all, really fallible human beings. That kind of sucks. We are looking for heroes and all we get...are people just like us.
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