In class about a week ago we talked about how athletes should not be considered role models. With the recent arrests of 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith on DUI at 8 AM 2 days before a game that he proceeded to play in and Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s failed drug tests and attempt to cheat the system through a urine collector, that fact is only becoming more obvious. I recently reread a book by Mike Lupica, called Travel Team. The book follows the story of a young kid who was told he was too short to make the team. His father, a former NBA player who’s career ended in a motorcycle accident, becomes his coach. In the emotional climax of the book, his father reveals he was drunk when he got into the motorcycle accident. A police officer who had been a big fan of him since college, took him to the hospital but made sure he wasn’t tested for alcohol until after the alcohol was cleared from his system. My question is if as a sports writer, if you knew about the officer, would you write a story exposing the player and officer, ruining his at the time crystal clear image to the public. The player will never have a chance to prove himself again on the court, and it would also result in a police officer getting fired.
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