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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why are athletes above the law?

Today, another video, in which an athlete commits criminal offences against another player was released to the world. No this did not happen in a men's North American football or  hockey game, but rather, it happened in a women's college soccer game!

"A U.S. college soccer player who was once rookie of the year has been suspended indefinitely for punching, kicking, and pulling the hair of an opposing player during a game.
Elizabeth Lambert, 20, a defender who played for the women's team at the University of New Mexico, was suspended on Friday.
In a viral video that has already received more than 2 million hits in just three days on Youtube, Lambert is shown pulling another player to the ground by her ponytail in Thursday's game against Brigham Young University in Utah.
Lambert has been banned from practices, games, and training sessions.
Lambert has apologized, saying "I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation."
"I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary," she said.
Darnell Dickson, the sports editor of the Provo Daily Herald in Utah told CTV News Channel that there is no rivalry or history of bad blood between the two teams, and Lambert has no history of aggressive playing.
He said the referee will now have to answer for his officiating. Lambert was given just a yellow card in the 76th minute, apparently for tripping, but her other actions went ignored.
"I think the official does need to be held accountable," he said."

Watch the video, do you think she deserved more than a suspension?

What is with athletes? They are pampered by their parents, their coaches, their universities, their clubs, and they have come to believe they can do anything they want to during a game, or even off of the field. This soccer incident comes on the heels of an incident in an American College football game, in which one player punched an opponent after the game:

I have simply stopped watching all sports on television. These athletes are out of control, they think they can do anything on or off the field, regardless of whether their actions are against the law or not. The sad part of this situation, is that impressionable children and even adults, see this kind of behavior, and begin to copy it or begin to believe that  they can do anything they want to, to anyone they want to.   Even though in the second video, this University of Oregon player punched the Boise State player, I found out today reading the news that the University of Oregon has reinstated the player who punched the Boise State player in the video.!!! After the incident ,the Oregon player had been kicked off the team. Now for some reason the coach of the University of Oregon thinks that his player has had enough punishment. Regardless of what happened during the interaction of the Boise State player and the Oregon player, the Oregon player had no right to take the law into his own hands. Sadly,this is type of behavior is happening more and more in the world. How long will athletes be able to be above the laws of their countries? How many more children will learn to commit crimes by watching pro athletes or reading about the behavior of these athletes?  I am not conservative in myviews at all!  I am very liberal in my thinking, and in truth, my father was a professional athlete for part of his working career!   If I think there is something wrong with the way athletes are behaving on and off the playing field,then there must be a problem.

Here are some links to some websites which describe athletes who think they are above the law:

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.