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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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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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What’s going on with Tennis? Ethically, nothing!

Tennis Fixing

It’s at this early point in this sports ethics discussion that we are supposed to insert the usual disclaimers such as “It’s just a small percentage of players,” or “We don’t know how much truth there is to the story.” So OK, we said it. Having said it, we would first state that something is going on (and has been going on) in the world of professional tennis that stinks worse than a pair of used sneakers broken-in under the hot sun of the Australian Open. The BBC and BuzzFeed […]

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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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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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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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Ronda Rousey will be Fine; No Matter

Ronda Rousey

Yes, I know that Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, but Muhammad Ali, Rocky Graziano, and Sugar Ray Leonard were not – and you’ve got to admit they were pretty fair boxers. Peyton Manning lost last week and he was taken out of another game this week. Michael Jordan was super-human in his prime, but eventually he quit because his skills had diminished and Abby Wambach gracefully bowed out because her body told her it was time to leave. Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm. It was an upset, but it was […]

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On High School Sports and Sexting

Canon City

Cañon City, Colorado is a small quaint town, usually associated with the nearby Federal Penitentiary and local wineries. It is much more than that. However, it is not a hotbed of prurience, drugs or drinking, any more than any other town in America, including yours or mine. A sexting scandal erupted at the high school that involved about one-third of the school and half of the football team. Literally, hundreds of children. Essentially the kids, both boys and girls, were trading images of themselves; nude, semi-nude and in provocative underwear. […]

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