Did you happen to read the article by Steve Serby in today’s New York Post?  If not, you’ll find it on page 60, underneath the title “Suspend It: No excuses for this me-first behavior.” The premise is that New York Giant’s star Odell Beckham, Jr. put himself above his team, and Serby wants him to grow up because he’s expected Odell to take his role as a role model seriously.  Of course, there are many that would argue that these men are not supposed to be role models and that the NFL is a business, but if you look at the way the National Football League markets to children, it just seems to me that all professional athletes have a responsibility, as do we all, to do our very best.  Yet, there’s something to be said for NFL players being held to a higher standard when it comes to their actions because children often mimic what they witness, and these stars are in the spotlight.

What I found very interesting about this article was Serby’s use of the term ‘provocation.’  Remember when Stephen A. Smith was suspended for suggesting that victims of domestic violence might provoke their attacks?  Well, I’m just curious why it’s okay to use the term here, but not elsewhere such as cases of domestic violence.  Again remember provocation, does not mean victimization is warranted, it simply means – Dictionary please!

New York Post, 12/22/2015

 

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Michelle received a master's degree from Boston University in '2009. She went on to pursue a doctorate degree in public policy administration with a specialization in law. Although Michelle has completed her coursework for a doctorate in public policy administration with a specialization in law, she put her dissertation on hold to develop a sports social media business after she was asked to share about a former NFL player who had been stricken with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Michelle's interviews of notable athletes, sports personalities, as well as, government officials has been published in a popular men's interest magazine. She has also written a column about college football for Gaming Today, and has an advice column at The Inscriber Magazine.

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