AdvRider wrote:Totally disagree. In the very public world of professional sports fans want and deserve to have insight into the character of the players they support and pay to watch. Getting arrested for a DUI shows shortcomings in character, intelligence, responsibility, and commitment to the team.
Why do fans need to know about a players character? I don't want to start a huge debate, but to me, what a player does off the field/court is pretty much completely irrelevant. Pro athletes don't owe the fans anything. That attitude frankly disgusts me.
AdvRider wrote:Let's not forget these guys make millions of dollars and can afford a $40 cab ride home!
No disagreement from me on this, but there are plenty of other ways to exhibit stupidity that aren't reguarly reported.
AdvRider wrote:I agree that some athlete DUIs might be overplayed. There are instances when a player had three beers and got nabbed after a cop spotted him not using a turn signal. Then there's Loaiza, racing a Ferrari at 120 mph and obviously endangering his life and others. That is flagrantly reckless. Is it news? Uh, yeah.
I agree that this was a particularly egregious incident....but I still don't give a rat's behind about it....now, if he had hit someone else, or killed someone (a la Leonard Little of the Rams) now that's
AdvRider wrote:It's not true that "nothing happens" to ordinary people who get DUIs. In plenty of smallish towns the local paper publishes the arrest. For some that publicity results in losing a job or being viewed negatively when up for a promotion. Along with all sorts of other consequences in family and social realms.
Say what you will about my choice of friends, but I know probably a dozen people that have DUI's on their records. None of these people have ever lost their jobs over it. A DUI isn't a felony. It's not a guy beating the crap out of his wife/girlfriend...shooting someone...dealing crack. It should be a non-issue.