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Wade Phillips: What He Can Teach Us about Ethics

wade-phillips

The announcer initially said that “Wade Phillips has collapsed on the sideline.” I was in the process of replenishing the salsa and chips in the kitchen at the time and I ran back to the television saying, “Oh no!” Given the stresses of coaching, I must admit that I initially thought the worst. I did not see him get hit by one of his own players. “Collapse” was inaccurate; it was more like “leveled.” I saw a group of coaches and trainers surround him and several players down on one […]

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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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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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Seriously, Are We Back to Deflategate?

Concussion

Always strange to us how we can connect dots to seemingly different, but connected sports stories on any given day. On this date (March 3, 2016), there is a movement afoot to eliminate the chop block (sort of a simultaneous high and low football block that can crush a career), along with the Ivy League wanting to eliminate tackling in practice, plus soccer legend Brandi Chastain volunteering to donate her brain to science for CTE research. The chop block is not without its share controversy, but it does highlight the […]

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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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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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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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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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