Where to start? I mean, seriously, you see the title of the post--and you immediately say, "Oh no. I don't want to be reminded of things like this. Why did he find it necessary to do a whole post about it?" But, it's a legitimate question. What HAS happened to the athlete--or just plain celebrity in general--role model? Or, really, why has the role been filled with so much controversy?
I'll start with baseball. Steroids. Steroids. Steroids. It's cheating, we all know that. It started with Sammy Sosa and Mark Mcgwire--two men, known as two of the greatest hitters of all time, were in a home run race. They were both on their way to break the single season home run record. And they both did it. A few years later, it was discovered that they both took steroids. And, in front of the supreme court, all Mcgwire could say was, "I'm not here to talk about the past."
Umm, that's why you were there, Mark. And it was your own fault, too.
Barry Bonds, home run king--steroids. A cheater. Forever tainted. Disappointed all of baseball. The Mitchell Report. Over a hundred players took supplements and aren't being called out for it yet, it's confidential. But the deal is, they're out there. And in a leak, the newest revealed player will be the most important one: Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod took 'roids from 2001-2003, winning the MVP award one of those seasons. It just makes me sick to my stomach, that these people would cheat just for personal glory. I mean, how do you live knowing that you were doing that? I mean, I wouldn't be able to. And, when he was on TV to apologize and fess up, he didn't really confess, blaming it on "youth and stupidity". I mean, it just gives me a headache. And there are still those 100+ guys out there.
Constant DUI's float around the sports' wire, from all sports. And I'm not just talking about sports. Illegal actions have been taken by countless actors, actresses, singers, anybody with a name. And they get jail time, fined, ridiculed--and the media seems to love it. Drugs, alcohol, reckless spending and assault/battery are only a few of the offenses that many musicians, actors or athletes have been convicted of.
The fact is, the people that were originally supposed to be role models, men and women to look up to, are becoming and have become criminals--definitely not role models. But they are, whether they want to be or not. And they can't control that. Shape up, celebs.
Or a whole new generation is gonna be just like you. Cheaters and felons.
POSTSCRIPT: Sorry if this post is a little angry and resentful. But that is exactly what I am. Sorry if the tone was a little harsh.