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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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Peyton Gets His Turn in the Barrel

Peyton Manning

The story we were greeted to the other day was that Peyton Manning and his wife were supplied with HGH. Here is a quote directly copied from the Huffington Post (December 26, 2015): “An Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, a pharmacist who once worked at the clinic asserts.” The article paraphrased investigative research that was supposedly uncovered by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. Peyton Manning vehemently denied the charges. What followed on December 27, 2015 was a follow-up […]

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The Cutest Hockey Fight Ever?

Mite Hockey Fight

“Hockey without fighting is figure skating.” – An Idiot My go-to hockey guy is a really great guy named “Stan.” He is now approaching 75 and he can still whip your butt. Born in Western Canada, he was on skates at around the age of three. He came up through the various levels and received a full scholarship to play collegiate hockey in the States. He was selected – and ultimately declined – to go into the NHL. As an amateur at the highest levels, he played against powerhouse Soviet […]

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Ethics Doesn’t Care That Pete Had 4,256 base hits

Pete Rose

The commissioner of Major League Baseball had a clear choice. He could have satisfied legions of fans, autograph hounds and several “on-air’s” by lifting the permanent ban on Pete Rose, or he could have taken the ethical route and respected the game enough to keep the ban in place. He chose ethics. Rob Manfred, not Pete Rose, is our hero. We are living in an era where people are more concerned with talking over each other rather than to each other and where the perception of good ethics are often […]

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Steve Sarkisian Makes It to the Dance

Steve Sarkisian

It is terribly easy for us to get angry at Steve Sarkisian. We have talked about him before. When USC terminated their former head coach for being a drunk, they must have thought he would slink off into the night or possibly to the corner bar. In an article for ESPN (December 8, 2015) entitled: “Steve Sarkisian files wrongful-termination lawsuit against USC,” we learn that Sarkisian did not slink off, but lawyered up: “Steve Sarkisian filed suit against the university Monday, saying the school ‘kicked him to the curb’ and […]

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We Can All Be Inspiring: The Adam Reed Story

Adam Reed

You know those inspirational posters we are always seeing on the social media? I have little use for most of them. Many of them are made-up, trite and soulless; sort of like an air sandwich if such a thing exists. That’s OK, I suppose. Lots of times I think the people posting them are posting them more for themselves than for the rest of us. That’s OK, too. We’ve all got pain. We see a lot of these posters around holiday time. Why? Despite all of the commercials with happy […]

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Remember the Titans – Revisited

Remember the Titans

We all have our secret addictions. Mine is to sports movies. I have seen most of them and I often remember quotes from them. The quotes strangely flooded back to me this week. I was listening to one of the major cable news stations and they were airing footage of the protestors in Chicago on Black Friday and the reactions to those protests. People on both sides of the issue were screaming, pushing, and fighting one another; both sides yelling how un-American the other side was. I thought of Denzel […]

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Russell Wilson: Not too Big for his Ethics

The Seahawks organization is apparently having a problem with Russell Wilson. The word that has come down is that Wilson has become a “celebrity.” I have no idea what that means. It is like saying that every other franchise quarterback in the NFL is meek, quiet and invisible and only Wilson endorses products and has a good looking girlfriend. What this is about in our estimation is 4-5; the record of a team that is currently languishing in mediocrity. The organization has determined that if Wilson was back to making […]

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