Ray Rice and His Choices: No one has helped him

Ray Rice in Court

The news of the day is that the domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, former NFL running back have been dropped. What began in February 2014, has come to an end on May 20, 2015. Many things have happened in the past year plus three months; a great many of them much more important than football or even sports. However, within this small world it can be argued that the former Baltimore Ravens player brought many people face-to-face with the ugly face of domestic violence and the indifference of those […]

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What’s NFL Love Got to do with it?

While we hate to say, “I told you so,” the Deflate-gate drama is pretty much unfolding as we kind of predicted. Before we go any further, we need to stress that the latest wrinkle in the saga is strictly between Robert Kraft and the league. Tom Brady has not yet emerged on the scene to plead his case, though we will have a quick and easy theory on that as well. The very latest is that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has met with NFL commissioner […]

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Brittney and Glory: Times Have Changed, Ethical Principles Have Not

In less than 25 years, our society has witnessed incredible change. Who would have imagined in 1990 a women’s professional basketball league? Maybe just a few of us. Who would have imagined a legal, same-sex marriage between two women playing in that league? I would venture to say, “no one.” Attitudes and societal values have radically shifted; many of us would agree that the changes have been positive and necessary. The fact that two women met, fell in love and married is not the domain of Sports Ethics – and […]

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Why I Teach and Believe in Sports Ethics

My passion is in teaching and consulting on one simple topic: helping others to make good choices and good decisions. I also teach a related concept: bad choices lead to negative consequences. My work takes me all over the country and it sometimes takes me overseas. I have taught and consulted to the very wealthy and to men and women just starting out. I have taught people with incredible, natural talent and people who have had to struggle and fight for anything and everything they have ever received. I have […]

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Sports Ethics: Deflate-gate, Deflated

Tom Brady Deflate-gate

Could we be the last people to comment on “the report” and the probable deflation of the New England Patriots game balls? Hopefully, yes. In case anyone believes we know something that you don’t; we don’t. As a public service (and our guess is as good as yours), here is how we see this whole thing unfolding: The NFL will come around to saying something about Brady; we figure it will cost Brady between 2 and 4 games. A lot of New England fans will rant and rave. That’s what […]

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Take a Chance on Randy Gregory? You know I would.

Randy Gregory was a legitimate top 10, first round draft pick. He was finally picked up by the Dallas Cowboys at 60. If all goes well (and yes, I know that “If” is a damn big word), the Dallas Cowboys will have the steal of the draft. How does a young man slip about 50 places on draft night? Two reasons. The first reason says something about him, and the second reason might say a lot about us. Gregory was a standout defensive end at the University of Nebraska. He […]

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Sports Ethics Blog: On the Ethical Eve of the Draft

NFL Draft

It is said that Las Vegas will take a bet on most anything. I am not exactly a high-roller, but I am willing to put down a $100 wager that one of tonight’s first round draft choices will be involved in an unethical act over the next six months. I am confident I will win. I note that on the eve of this draft, there may be an alleged, pending murder charge, spousal abuse and drug violations among the first round picks before Roger even steps his feet onto the […]

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Sports Ethics Blog: Winston’s Great Crab Leg Caper

King Crab

Back on April 29, 2014, Heisman Trophy winner and most probably first 2015 NFL draft pick Jameis Winston was cited for shoplifting $32 worth of crab legs and other shellfish from a supermarket. According to an ESPN story (April 22, 2015), “Jameis Winston: Store employee ‘hooked us up’ with crab legs,” the following was stated: “At that time, Winston said in a statement: ‘I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I’m taking full responsibility. In a moment of youthful […]

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Nobody knows you when you’re Down and Out

Rodney Austin

Rodney Austin was one of those bubble players, shuttling back and forth between the Detroit Lions practice squad and the active roster for the past three years. When he came into the league in 2012, he was undrafted. He is reputedly a very strong player, and that is what impressed everyone. He was also a Left Guard on a team that needs Left Guards. He was not strong enough to realize how hard he needed to work at his craft to keep his head above water, and he was not […]

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Sports Ethics: Phillip Buchanon and his Financial Journey

Phillip Buchanon

Normally, I don’t get involved with book reviews, but I would like to read Phillip Buchanon’s book because the subject addresses an area on Sports Ethics that is vitally important to every athlete and coach: money. The title of the book is: New Money: Staying Rich, and he addresses the pressures, the challenges and the pitfalls of suddenly coming into a lot of money – then trying to keep it. He was drafted in 2002, and when signing with the Oakland Raiders, received $12 million. While 2002 isn’t exactly ancient […]

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