Archive for January 2016

The Cam Machine & the WD-40

Cam Newton

“I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.” – Cam Newton I failed mechanical drawing and I was lousy at algebra too, so if you’re looking for an explanation of how a “cam” works, I am the last person to ask. I know that when a camshaft starts to squeak, you need to get it lubricated or the engine falls apart. I also rode the bench for most of my collegiate sports career, so if you’re looking for an explanation […]

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LB Darius Fleming: Sports Ethics Hero

Darius Fleming

Maybe the mere mention of the New England Patriots turns your stomach, or perhaps you wear New England Patriots pajamas to sleep (even in the summer) and live and die with every Tom Brady snap. Either way, it’s OK by us. This story is about a Patriots player, but the real story is about the choices that each one of us can make in life. We’d be fools to not mention that the body of any athlete is his or her tool, and the higher one goes, high school to […]

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What’s going on with Tennis? Ethically, nothing!

Tennis Fixing

It’s at this early point in this sports ethics discussion that we are supposed to insert the usual disclaimers such as “It’s just a small percentage of players,” or “We don’t know how much truth there is to the story.” So OK, we said it. Having said it, we would first state that something is going on (and has been going on) in the world of professional tennis that stinks worse than a pair of used sneakers broken-in under the hot sun of the Australian Open. The BBC and BuzzFeed […]

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The Rams Relocation as an Ethical Question

Rams

As is always in good taste, Sports Ethics would first like to send its condolences to the City and people of St. Louis. L.A. fans, I will get to you in a minute but for now, we need to recognize that St. Louis is hurting; not just in a football sense, but in many other ways. Let us also acknowledge that the nonprofit NFL is a big business; a mega-billions business. The NFL has a hierarchy and sitting atop the hierarchy is a group of 32 owners who are very […]

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The Kristaps Porzingis, Kent Bazemore Ethical Staredown

Bazemore Porzingis

Sports Ethics is not about taking easy paths. It is not about political correctness, looking for controversies that aren’t there, or claiming outrage where it does not exist. Sometimes there will be a “huge incident” in the world of sports that everyone is talking about and Chuck and I will instead choose to post blogs or write articles about (seemingly) minor incidents that appear as little blips running across the media radar screen. Why don’t we always go along with the crowd? Because sometimes we need to look behind the […]

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Herm Edwards is a Sports Ethics Hero

Herm Edwards Teaching

“Don’t think you’re not replaceable…The name on the back of that jersey belongs to your parents, and you don’t screw it up. It don’t belong to you.” ─ Herm Edwards, Under Armour High School All-American Game Practice (December 31, 2015) There is a back story to Herm’s quote, just as there always seems to be whenever great passion arises from a situation where bad choices are made. The athlete in question is TCU (ex) quarterback Trevone Boykin. In the small hours of the morning on December 31, 2015, Boykin assaulted […]

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