The very week we began discussing morality and ethics in professional and amateur sports with our 8th grade students, Newsweek magazine published this hard-hitting article about the image of the professional athlete in our society.
Its author, an African-American woman, has some strong words for the behavior of many professional athletes, including this quote from a leading sports sociologist, Steven Ortiz:
The article is brief, and although it contains some 5o cent words, it will surely spark some interesting conversation. Check it out.
Spoiled-athlete syndrome begins early in sports socialization. From the time they could be picked out of a lineup because of their exceptional athletic ability, they've been pampered and catered to by coaches, classmates, teammates, family members and partners. As they get older, this becomes a pattern. Because they're spoiled, they feel they aren't accountable for their behaviors off the field. They're so used to people looking the other way.