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Biggest Criminals in NFL History

Biggest Criminals in NFL History | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
The NFL has had its fair share of criminals throughout its history. A DUI or domestic violence is common place. These athletes took things to a new level. Certain athletes come to mind when you here the word criminal...
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The common denominator between all these incidents is that the majority where drug or alcohol related. But yet one of the biggest NFL sponsors is the beer companies.

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NFLs responsiblity extends off field

NFLs responsiblity extends off field | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
Is NFL doing enough to prevent players from falling into tragic
situations?
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This article brings attention to the current streak of unfortunate incidents in the NFL. It also identifies the different efforts that the NFL does to try and avoid unfortunate incidents like the murder suicide by Chief’s Belcher and the alcohol related accident that lead to the death of Cowboys Jerry Brown. Towards the end of the article they make it clear that the NFL is a business and that their job is to pay the players to play. The biggest difference between the NFL and other business like Wells Fargo is that the NFL employees are idolized by the youth of America. The difference is that millions of people spend their Thursday, Sunday, or Monday watching them work.  That is why I am a firm believer that even though these athletes are highly paid and have great athletic ability we should not label them as role models. 

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Nike Air commercial Charles Barkley

Nike commercial featuring Charles Barkley.
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Mr. Barkley says it all

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Maurice Clarett says he got paid more in college than he did in the UFL

Maurice Clarett says he got paid more in college than he did in the UFL | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
Maurice Clarett's most recent comments that won't look very good on Ohio State will be passed off by many as the words of someone holding a grudge against his former school, and from someone who is not the most reliable … Continue reading →...
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Despite being an individual with a shady past Maurice Clarett probably has plenty of pictures to prove his claims true. It does not help that The Ohio State University is currently suspended from post season play due to players getting additional benefits. For Years some Colleges football players are seen as a bunch of irresponsible, alcoholic, and drug abusing students. When I read stories like this one it reminds me of the movie “The Program. It was a great movie because it shows several different aspects of a college football players experience during college. As a coach it is our responsibility to ensure that our football program is ran with the highest of moral and ethical conduct.  

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Moral Conflicts in Sports « aWAKEthesideline

Moral Conflicts in Sports « aWAKEthesideline | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
The sporting world is a melting pot of personalities and moral agendas. I'm willing to bet that your average sporting locker room has a drug user, a gambler, an alcoholic, a devout Christian, a nerd, and a father/mother.
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A straight to the point article of how athletes, coahces, and the media act towards athletes with drug use an Americas interest on the issue. A Very great read with the author providing questions to get the mind thinking.  

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The Program

Practice
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Our Moral compass it what guides us to make the right decisions on life. This clip clearly shows the intensity of a College football practice and how exhausted the student athlete is at the completion of it. The most important part of this clip is the last 45 seconds. The coaches clearly see a difference in their player specifically with all the side effects of steroid use. But when the head coach intervenes and defends the player the assistant coaches look at each other with disbelief but do nothing and walk away. The worst thing a coach can do is nothing.

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ESPN's Rob Parker on RGIII: 'Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?'

ESPN's Rob Parker on RGIII: 'Is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?' | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
You know a conversation has gone off the rails when Stephen A. Smith becomes the voice of reason. That was the situation on First Take 'I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancée.

Via The Ryno
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We all know the massive amount of influence that ESPN has on sports. But are ratings that important that it will sacrifice its reputation. Yes I know that ESPN suspend Rob Parker but if his comments went against the ethical conduct of the company, why re-air the episode? 

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First Take has seriously just become ESPN's version of Fox & Friends

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Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent - Arrested For Killing Teammate Jerry Brown

Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent - Arrested For Killing Teammate Jerry Brown | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
In early reports Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection to death of former college roommate Jerry Brown.

Via NFL News Desk
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The NFL has had several players arrested for driving under the influence and other alcohol related incidents. The latest tragedy was with the Dallas Cowboys and the death of one of their players. The NFL has several programs to assist players when abusing alcohol such as drivers that will pick them after a long night out. But if it really wanted to send a message it would cut all ties with the different alcoholic company it partners with. The NFL reminds me of an individual who says he is against the right to bear arms but is a proud sponsor of the National Rifle Association. It just does not make sense.

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Guest Column: Players Step Up to Help Deserving Charities

Guest Column: Players Step Up to Help Deserving Charities | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
Players around the league are giving back to their communities and changing lives in the process.
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Players have a choice to make a significant difference in their community for those that are in need. I think it is important to realize that this is what makes those athletes different and is a good indicator of their moral beliefs. When a player chooses to make a difference he normally chooses a cause that is imperative to his beliefs. This is the type of impact that the NFL wishes their players can off the field so it can provide positive publicity for the NFL and increase it influence on its viewers.   

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Cam Newton - Colin Cowherd And Fathers In Sports

Cam Newton - Colin Cowherd And Fathers In Sports | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
The importance of fathers and roll models in the development of athletes as children. The example came after talking about Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Via NFL News Desk
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This article reminds me of an incident when I was in Junior High School. I was the starting running back and though highly of myself. One day in practice I was goofing off and I disrespected him in front of the team. Without hesitation he kicked me off the team and told me that I was not going to spread by negative attitude to my teammates. At first I was mad but as I walked home I started to reflect on what happen and knew I was wrong. The next day I apologized to the coach and the team and asked if they would take me back. Thankfully they did and I never acted a fool again. I do not know if this ever happened to Cam Newton, but I wish he would realize how much his poor attitude is affecting his team. When I become a coach one day my goal is to develop my athletes to become good men on and of the field.

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Parental Influences on Children in Sports

Parental Influences on Children in Sports | Sports Ethics: Abrego, J. | Scoop.it
Parental Influences On Children In Sports. A parent's role in his children's sporting activities can be either positive or negative.
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Parents have a significant influence on their children’s life and sport participation. That is why it is important that we are good role models for our children and support them in any way we can. I understand that at times it is difficult to make every game or provide for that financial support for that skills camp. But something as simple as throwing the ball around and having a conversation on their improvement or assisting them with their problem can go a long way.  

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Varsity Blues (7/9) Movie CLIP - Coach Kilmer's Final Game (1999) HD

Varsity Blues Movie Clip - watch all clips http://j.mp/LMRWL1 click to subscribe http://j.mp/sNDUs5 The team takes a stand against Coach Kilmer (Jon Voight) ...
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As a coach the young players under our care will believe just about everything we tell them because of the trust they have for us. As we move up higher in the chain of command in the coaching world the pressure to win increases as it is the only way to keep our job. But if the day comes that winning becomes more important to you than the development and welfare of your players. It is time to look for a new profession. 

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Friday Night Lights (9/10) Movie CLIP - Coach Gaines on Being Perfect (2004) HD

Friday Night Lights Movie Clip - watch all clips http://j.mp/xtnmwo click to subscribe http://j.mp/sNDUs5 Coach Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) redefines perfect...
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There are different opinions on what the responsibility of a coach is supposed to be. Some coaches think that their responsibility is to coach football and that’s it. Many of us know someone who was raised in a single parent house hold or even experienced it ourselves. Most of those children do not spend time with that parent because mom or dads are working two jobs in order to put food in the table. Then there is the teacher coach, the man or woman who spends four hours a day with this young man or woman. The person who pick them up after a hard tackle and asks if he is okay, pulls them to the side when they have struck out three times in a row and give them that advice he needs to get his head straights then ends the conversation with “I believe in you”. To that young athlete we might be the closest thing to a father or mother figure that they have. By no means am I saying that we should act their parents. But it is our responsibility to teach them to play the game with honor and respect. Which means during a fumble do not get in the pile and poke the opponent’s eyes so he can let go of the ball and we recover it. If the athlete is skipping class, bring him in and let him know he just lost his starting position because he is not representing the team with class. By holding the athletes accountable and teaching them with a solid foundation of moral and ethical conduct. They will see by our example how to be a successful person on and off the field.     

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