Archive for October 2014

Consequences Flowing Uphill: Michigan AD Brandon Resigns

Dave Brandon Resigns

Today marks the day that Michigan AD Dave Brandon resigned. Happy Halloween, Dave. Wildly popular when he was first appointed in 2010, Brandon had mixed reviews as to his time on the job. To be sure he did many things right; he fired an unpopular coach, cut ticket prices to encourage students to return to the empty seats and moved the basketball games to a better venue. However, in talking to diehard Michigan fans, people who are really invested in the football team, they were not surprised or shocked at […]

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The Very Tragic Case of Mookie Blaylock

Mookie Blaylock in Court

From the outset, I need to say that the real victim in this case is not Mr. Blaylock, but Monica Murphy, a mother of five who was killed in a head-on collision with Mr. Blaylock’s vehicle in May 2013. Blaylock allegedly went into seizures before the collision following years of alcohol abuse and receiving several drunk driving citations and arrests. There were outstanding warrants for him at the time of the accident. Ironically, he was sober when the fatality occurred. Mookie was specifically ordered by his doctors to not drive due […]

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John Boyett – Waiting for Strike 3

John Boyett

There are times when this blog feels like the old-time police blotter, where reporters back in the day would snoop around the precinct houses looking for interesting or off-beat cases to put in the morning edition. I give you the case of safety John Boyett, former Colts player and now former Broncos player. He would have definitely made the blotter in the old days. It was Mr. Boyett who back in 2013 cursed out police officers as he was being arrested for being drunk and disorderly by saying: “You can’t […]

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Shonn Greene and the Handicap Parking Space

Shonn Greene

Sometimes athletes go out of their way to mess up their careers and nearly all of the time, they mess up their careers by what they do off the field. It is why I teach about choices and consequences and good ethics. Do you know anyone who has a physical ailment that is so bad that they have to use a handicap parking space? I do – and I also know they would give anything not to have to use it. Virtually everyone who has ever got behind the wheel […]

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Chuck’s Sports Ethics Hero Award: Lauren Hill

Lauren Hill

It would not be a major assumption on my part to say that chances are you have never heard of Division III, Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I personally love Division III sports because there is still a strong core of student athletes who play sports for all of the right reasons. While every so often, an outstanding athlete emerges from D-III ranks to become a professional standout (Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills comes to mind), most of the athletes go on to all kinds of careers […]

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Roger Goodell must testify in Ray Rice Case

What did Goodell know, when did he know it and why has he stone-walled? In a case that has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, the arbitrator in the Ray Rice appeal, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, has ordered the NFL commissioner to appear in the arbitration hearing. At issue is that suspended player Ray Rice and the player’s union, feel that after the domestic violence incident he was given a punishment which he accepted. When the infamous knockout video surfaced, at the NFL’s “outrage” bubbled […]

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Fran Tarkenton Speaks Out on Florida State

Fran Tarkenton

“What this guy’s done, the accusation of rape, right, is a pretty serious accusation. That got swept under the rug. What he’s done there has all been swept under the rug.”  — Fran Tarkenton on Jameis Winston and Florida State 1986 Hall of Fame inductee Fran Tarkenton is easily one of the high points in the history of the Minnesota Vikings franchise. Although his playing time with the Vikings (1961 – 1966) was sometimes marred by conflicts with head coach Norm Van Brocklin, “The Mad Scrambler,” as the media called […]

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Tristan Thompson and “The Kiss”

Tristan Thompson

Anyone remember the “famous” Joe Namath-Suzy Kolber kiss? Joe was loaded at the time, and he was probably channeling his inner self back to the time when he was 1960s “Broadway Joe” with the fur coat and everyone told him he was irresistible. “The Kiss” occurred in 2003 and by then, the women’s movement had already been evolving for decades. To his credit, Joe called Suzy the next day and apologized. He told the media that he was embarrassed and felt humiliated. He checked into rehab. However, no matter how much […]

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The NHL is Finally Getting It: You Don’t Assault Women!

Slava Voynov

As I write this blog, I can’t help but see the irony. Irony; that’s a fancy word for something totally screwed up. I would use stronger language, but then I would lose a lot of friends and followers. Maybe some of you remember the domestic violence incident last year when Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlomov beat the hell out of his girlfriend by knocking her down with kicks, stomping on her chest and dragging her around the house and out the door for good measure. He was charged with second degree kidnapping and third […]

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Poor Ethics on the International Tennis Scene

There’s an old saying…well, not really, I just made it up: “If you can’t beat someone at a sport, come out with a dumbass comment that insults them.” I guess that saying pretty much sums up Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev. According to an article (October 18, 2014) sent out on ESPN news services entitled: “Shamil Tarpischev fined, banned year,” we learn that: “Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Serena and Venus […]

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