- Grove City, Pennsylvania


July 6, 2013

SPORTVIEW: Athletes' egos result in problems like Hernandez faces

OPINION — THE UNBELIEVABLE saga of pro football player Aaron Hernandez being accused of a gruesome murder of his friend makes you wonder what kind of background checks the NFL does on potential players.

Or do they even care?

Evidence is supposedly pretty strong against Hernandez in the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. (With friends like that, who needs enemies?)

And the evidence must be strong because unlike many times when a team says it will wait until a player is proven guilty or innocent to make a move, the New England Patriots immediately cut the tight end who is one of the best at his position in the entire league.

Every year we see players who were troublesome in high school or college get into the NFL, declaring that they have cleaned up their acts. Yet down the road, something happens.

While obviously many of the incidents don’t involve murder, there are other crimes that occur. Or there are very bad decisions.

It was disappointing for everyone to hear about the stabbing of Farrell native Mike Adams, an offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adams, a former Ohio State star who convinced the Steelers to draft him despite reportedly testing positive for marijuana just before the NFL combine, was injured in a robbery attempt.

Being assaulted in a robbery isn’t his fault. But the problem was that it was in the wee hours of the morning when he shouldn’t have been in that kind of situation.

Sometimes bad choices affect these pro athletes. Hopefully, Adams will fully recover and become a key member of the Steelers offensive line again. But it’s not likely that another problem involving him will be overlooked so he has to really prove himself again.

Part of the problem with athletes is their egos, which are big to say the least. They seem to feel they can do anything they want to do.

That’s why you see them being busted for drunk driving – when they easily could hire a designated driver – or getting in trouble in nightclubs at an hour when they shouldn’t be there.

That’s why you see a Ben Roethlisberger riding a motorcycle without a helmet or a Plaxico Burress carrying a gun into a New York City nightclub and shooting himself in the leg.

Part of the problem for some is their upbringing. Some of these athletes come from poverty and instant money can bring instant trouble. Others grew up in bad home situations or were involved in gangs.

I’ll have a story soon on former Sharon High star Marlin Jackson, who overcame a less-than-stellar home life as a kid to become a star NFL player and a stand-up family guy who today works hard to help young people through his foundation.

Those are the kinds of stories that we need more of, rather than stories of someone like Aaron Hernandez who apparently has thrown away everything and may be headed for life in prison.

You would hope that every young athlete will read the story about Hernandez and the consequences of not following rules. But we all know that won’t happen.

Egos are too big for that.


Text Only
  • On to baseball GC coach Bell retired — sort of!

    You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
    Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
    “My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • RANDOM THOUGHTS: Pouncey latest Steeler to make court news

    HERE I THOUGHT, we were going to make it through an offseason without a Pittsburgh Steeler getting in trouble for something stupid.
    Thanks Maurkice Pouncey for allowing that to not happen.
    I just love seeing Steelers players in the police blotter or on the court docket (tongue firmly in cheek).

    July 30, 2014

  • EXTRA INNINGS: Forget trade deadline, focus on signing Martin

    WHILE BASEBALL fans are focused on tomorrow’s 4 p.m. EDT non-waiver trade deadline, there is an issue that is even more pressing for the Pirates: re-signing catcher Russell Martin, eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
    Andrew McCutcheon is the team’s most valuable player, but Martin is the most valuable TO the Pirates. It is no coincidence that the Pirates’ return to the postseason last year occurred in Martin’s first year with the Bucs.

    July 30, 2014

  • NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U

    Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).

    October 19, 2011

  • steez pc.jpg NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return

    Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • wheldon, dan pc.jpg IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life

    Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.

    October 19, 2011 3 Photos

  • pens pc.jpg NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2

    The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • canadiens logo pc.jpg NHL Quick glance: Montreal at Pittsburgh

    A breakdown of the National Hockey League game Thursday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Montreal Canadiens.

    October 19, 2011 4 Photos

  • High School Highlights: Oct. 19, 2011

    A look at the last few days in local high school fall sports action.

    October 19, 2011

  • washington, ron pc.jpg Leading Off: Oct. 19, 2011

    News and notes from the local, regional and national sports scene.

    October 19, 2011 5 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide