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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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Enough with Protest, Let’s Talk

Sports Ethics is not political and it cannot be biased, bent, swayed or manipulated. Sports Ethics cannot be media driven or beholden to sponsorships and endorsements. Sports Ethics does not stand for anyone’s national anthem nor does it sit, whine, beg or scream. Sports Ethics does not follow or favor a given team. Sports Ethics doesn’t care if your coach is named Lombardi or Belichick or Dungy, or if your favorite athlete was/is Serena or LeBron or Peyton or Wambach or Steph. Sports Ethics is. So it bothers us when […]

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When is it Time to Get the Hook?

Unconscious

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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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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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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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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Dante Fowler and the Puppets

Dante Fowler

There is a video circulating of Dante Fowler’s girlfriend and the mother of Dante Fowler’s child throwing punches at each other in the hallway of a Florida apartment. Fowler “signaled” for the fight to begin and then he watches the women fight, before breaking up the physical altercation. The images were caught on surveillance video, as such images usually are. For background, Dante Fowler was the first round pass rusher who was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2015 draft (in fact he was #3). He was promptly […]

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