of sports is often referred to as the fields where future leaders
are born. If this is indeed true, then we can expect our future
leaders to rape, steal, and otherwise plunder whomever they
wish. Wellington was talking about the field of sport where
sportsmanship was key to learning. The recent brawl at a New
York Yankee’s and Boston Red Sox playoff game is but the
latest, though mild, violent outburst that now marks the playing
fields as soil where violence is grown. It is mild only because
when taken into context with other sporting abuses, the brawl
seems innocent, a sad commentary.
WIVB in upstate New York reported on an incident
whereby soccer teammates held down one youngster while one assaulted
him. In the same article, there is a report of young athletes
denigrating young women by pouring animal entrails and urine
all over them. It is astonishing that these are high school
students, not the power hungry athletes who roam the sidelines
and the dugouts of major league sports.
In the English Premier League, a professional
soccer league, one young woman was gang raped by seven young
men. This alleviates any concern that this is an American phenomenon.
These young men feel power because they are treated as if they
were royalty. In fact, one can say that the sports themselves
create these monsters in order to make a fistful of dollars.
It is difficult to talk about the National
Football League without running up against a drug problem, violence
off the field, and actions that would land most in jail for
quite a while. It is the same with the NBA, or Major League
Baseball. Yet, college athletes, who go from high school students
to groping, sexual deviants who think that their abilities give
them room to do as they please, show the most alarming show
of contempt. They act as if nothing is out of bounds. The administrators
and coaches act likewise.
America's cultural and moral elite seem willing
to stand by for this for the sake of good sport. More than one
young man is excused because he has talent that helps a wealthy
alumni’s school do just a bit better. Academics have assumed
a second or third place at the table because large money driven
sports are more important to leftists who run the universities.
Thus, a young man or woman who works hard through
high school has to borrow money while another young man is given
a free ride because he can run the 40 in 4.3 seconds. Where
is the sense in this or better, where are right thinking people
on this subject?
Consider. Conservatives often feel that violence
is due to a moral vacuum. This is quite plausible because sports
are now mimicking society, and society is ever more causal about
morals, and thus, violence. That each of the youngsters who
are the victims of these sexual assaults, domestic violence,
or beatings, is someone’s daughter, or son makes each
act a condemnation of any system that allows the perpetrators
to remain, even staunchly defended, by universities.
be clear that this is not a condemnation of everyone who steps
onto an athletic field, nor does it suffice to say that every
college in the land is warped by a lack of morals, though some
may state just that in any case. Rather, it is the violent,
power hungry society, without order, that plants the seed that
sports is more than just a sideshow in life. It is a sign of
our times, and the madness about sports, that when someone wins
the NCAA Football Championship, it is accompanied by rioting.
Now, more than ever, a secure grip is needed in our high schools
and colleges to reverse the importance of sports, to place them
back in line, far below academics. To ignore this present problem
will only lead to further damage.
J. Thomas Lowry
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