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mak1277 wrote:I still don't understand why it is such a headline when a pro athlete gets arrested for DUI. I mean, unless he's a multiple offender, this never results in jail time. I'm not endorsing drunk driving, but tons of normal people get DUI's and nothing happens to them. They pay a fine, take a class and it's over. This should not be news.
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.
AdvRider wrote:Let's not forget these guys make millions of dollars and can afford a $40 cab ride home!
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.
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.
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