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Re: I'm sick of this BS!
Posted by Jumpin jack on 5/2/2007, 19:14:57, in reply to "I'm sick of this BS!"
Unless the player's outside habits are affecting his play, the Cardinals can (and should) not do anything about "policing" it. These are grown men who should be able to police themselves. If they will or not is another question. Certainly it may be difficult for young men with a lot of $, celebrity etc... to exercise good judgement. If teams want to give them information or to talk with somebody they think may have a problem, that is one thing but they cannot tell them what to do outside the confines of their "job" any more than any other employer can.
What makes me angry is when they get special treatment for being famous. You cannot tell me that any other "Joe" could abuse his wife in public (the way Phillies pitcher Brett Meyers did last year), and get away with it. Meyers didn't even have to go back to Boston to face the charges. THAT is what makes me crazy! I work with "emotionally disturbed" pre-teen boys who all want to be professional athletes when they grow up. Now granted probably none of them will be, but the point is we tell them that their behavior has consequences and that they can't behave certain ways as adults-problem is, they see the pros get away with it all the time.
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