Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Ron Artest is at it again. What message do sports stars send to our youth?

Once again Ron Artest is back in the news.

This time he was arrested for an alleged domestic altercation. He alleged hit a woman and refused to let her get help.

The question is this. What message does this incident send to our youth? That it's okay to be a jerk because you are an athlete.

Whether, it's a baseball player hitting a fan with a chair, Todd Brutuzzi attacking an opponent on ice, Kobe Bryant raping a woman, Kenny Rogers pounding a photographer, the Pistons-Pacers brawl, or the over the top antics of Terrell Owens, it needs to stop.

Sports stars are supposed to be role models who exemplify good sportsmanship and ethics. They are not to be brutes who use their fame to justify their actions.

If we want our youth to grow up to be responsible citizens, athletes need to do their part. They can start by behaving themselves whether they are playing the game or not.

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