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Stanford: Put Up or Shut Up

Brock Turner

D-Day has come and gone. For the most part, the world seems to have forgotten that on that day, and in the months after, men hardly older than teenagers, fought for and died for a cause much greater than self-indulgence and personal gain. It has been nearly 72 years since D-Day and the generations have passed. However, we are not so far removed that we cannot find a record of fathers, grand-fathers and even great-grand-fathers of every race and religion who sacrificed. We fast forward. We hear hype about how […]

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Ali Made Us Laugh, but He Was Never a Clown

Cosell and Ali

There was an old debate from back in the day: did Cosell help elevate Ali’s career or did Ali help elevate Cosell’s career? The wise money was always on “both.” Some might find it ironic and all: a white, middle-aged Jew and a black, youthful Muslim with inter-twining lives, somehow elevating one another. I did not find it ironic at all. They needed each other and they respected each other. Were an aged Cosell alive today, I have no doubt he would have been the first in line to offer […]

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Rachelle Thompson: Power over Ethics?

Rachelle Thompson

It isn’t a question of “Who is Rachelle Thompson?” It is a matter of “What have collegiate sports created in encouraging Rachelle Thompson?” As for the “who,” it is easy to find a biography in the PSU media guide. Prior to joining the Penn State coaching squad in 2011, she had quite an impressive career. A product of Auburn (she graduated summa cum laude in 2004), she was a two-time Auburn University Assistant Coach of the Year over an 11 year career at that school, produced four NCAA All-Americans and […]

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The Ethical Sports Circle

A number of years ago, I was fortunate enough to return to Japan for a bit of business and some sightseeing. I value my experiences in Japan, from my friends to the food to baseball! The MLB could learn a few things from the enthusiasm of Japanese baseball fans. Anyway, I found myself entering a Japanese temple one day and was impressed with the peace and tranquility I found in the midst of Tokyo. The temple had a small gift shop that sold various trinkets and for about $5.00 U.S. […]

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Bad Blood, One Punch, Sanitized Sports

Baseball Fight

We are fairly certain that “officially” Rougned Odor of the Rangers will probably be coerced into apologizing to the media and fans of MLB. He landed a clean, Tyson-worthy punch to the noggin of Jays Jose Bautista last Sunday, after he was nearly taken out by a legal but hard slide. The punch was not about the slide. It was about bad blood between the two teams going back to last season’s playoffs and an idiotic bat flip. If baseball were an animal, it would be an elephant on steroids. […]

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Given a Choice, We Believe the Kids

Jerry Sandusky

Given a choice, we believe the kids – and though we don’t want to create a firestorm, we believe the voices of the boys who have endured sexual abuse and have been silenced by bullies, predators, big money and idiots. Who we don’t always believe are over-invested, over-hyped alumni fanatics. We love our colleges and universities and the aspects of those institutions that have made them great. We appreciate children even more. Ethically, we never try to confuse what is important from what is “nice.” We have long admired Joe […]

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Sports Ethics Story of 2016 (So Far): Laremy Tunsil

 Laremy Tunsil, the highly touted Ole Miss Tackle drafted #13 by Miami, could be the ethical story of the year, providing this year’s presidential race doesn’t get any more idiotic. In fact, we would dare say an entire sports ethics course could be written on Tunsil. It’s not over of course, there will be other players who will emerge in this ethical play, but so far its been over the top interesting. The Video The focal point of the 2016 draft, it seems, was Tunsil sucking on a bong while […]

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What’s a Coach to Do? Teach Ethics!

Stan Van Gundy

News flash: star players are treated differently than bench sitters. If we have surprised you with that observation, please let us know. In fact, we have a bridge we’d like to sell you along with a classic Ford Pinto and a case of White Coke. As for the news flash, no matter your game of choice, the star player almost always gets star treatment. Is it fair? Depends of course; always depends, and we’re not talking adult diapers. Teams and leagues often peg their status to the exceptional human beings who […]

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Sports Ethics: Carmelo Wants to Choose the Coach

Carmelo

We read about it just today. Carmelo Anthony wants to have a hand in choosing the next coach for the New York Knicks. Now before going any further, I will acknowledge that the NBA is unlike any other sports scenario. There are so few players, there are relatively few teams and then there’s the money. Lots and lots of it. The star players are wealthy. They live in wealth, spend that wealth and have luxuries that few of us have ever experienced. Carmelo Anthony is one of those guys. He […]

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Sports Ethics Moment: Maria Sharapova’s Forgotten Ethics

Sharapova

Before starting to write this post, I needed to research a bit about Magnesium deficiencies. I am obviously not a doctor of medicine or a licensed nutritionist, so I wanted to research the likelihood of a world class athlete with a team of nutritionists, trainers, chefs and physicians of having a Magnesium problem. From what I have read, it was not very likely at all. Am I pre-occupied with Magnesium? No, but apparently Maria Sharapova is damn well fixated on the stuff. Meldonium The drug Meldonium, a drug illegally used in […]

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