When is it Time to Get the Hook?


Have you ever seen a boxing match or gone to an MMA fight? OK, if neither is your cup of tea how about a ski  jump competition, downhill, a hockey game or even a soccer match? In any of those events if a player is knocked out or badly concussed, they are generally out of the competition. Is that a fair enough scenario? Have you ever seen a boxing match or gone to an MMA fight where a fighter was in such bad shape that the referee stopped the fight? Of […]

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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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The Cart or the Horse at Rutgers?

It is never a good idea to pile onto a bad situation because we somehow feel “entitled.” For example, a professional baseball player has a day or two off near the end of a long, miserable season. He reconnects with a couple of his buddies, they go out drinking, and on his way home he gets pulled over for a DWI. He gets busted for the first time in his life, because he made a dumbass mistake. I am not condoning drunk driving. He was a fool and could have […]

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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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NCAA Finals: Ethical Photoshop

The Finals

We want perfection in our society, but we don’t always want to know how the perfection was gained. For example, we may believe that certain actors or singers we admire are perfect. Some of us get offended when we see “unauthorized” close-ups or see Photoshop fails; as if our illusions are shattered when we learn that life is not perfect. We blame the technology. We blame those that access the technology. I have known actors and singers in my lifetime. They are people; they are not perfect; they are often […]

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Sports Ethics Minute: No Explanation Necessary

University of Oklahoma

Up until a day or two ago, Jean Delance was a top recruit for the University of Oklahoma football team. Rumor has it that he may be on his way to Alabama. Was this a sudden change of heart? No, not really. He was raised to know right and wrong and acted accordingly. This is an ethical young man, who was brought up ethically, reacting to a bunch of idiots at a fraternity. The fraternity was Sigma Alpha Epsilon and they decided to make a video for who-knows-what reason, with an inane […]

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Penn State: More Serious than Flat Footballs


On Sunday, January 18, 2015, the same day deflated footballs were being thrown around a rain-soaked field in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Roxanne Jones, a very fine writer for ESPN, wrote a very fine piece entitled: “Penn State still doesn’t get it.” The article resonated so nicely with what we stand for at Sports Ethics that I wanted to share it with you. Unless you were out of the country, with no access to media, you most probably remember the twisted, vile case in which a former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, […]

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