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Posted on 03/03/2011 7:13:33 PM PST by ventanax5
Few football programs had a more difficult season in 2010 than the University of Pittsburgh. Led by running back Dion Lewis, a Doak Walker candidate, the Panthers were the preseason pick to win the Big East and go to a BCS bowl. But things quickly began unraveling -- on and off the field. In a span between mid-July and late September, four players were arrested for four separate, violent crimes. First, senior defensive end Jabaal Sheard was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly throwing a man through the glass door of an art gallery. Authorities told SI that even after an officer arrived on the scene, Sheard continued to punch the victim in the face as he lay on his back, bleeding. Sheard was suspended from the team. But after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct on Aug. 4, 2010, he was reinstated for the 2010 season.
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Pittsburgh ain’t got nothing on Florida State and Tennessee. They think they got problems.
Getting crime out of College Football is a daunting task indeed. As long as fans continue to root for teams that perpetuate crime in football, or continue to buy products from sponsors that support such teams, it will be real difficult, if not impossible to solve this problem. Unfortunately, the colleges and the sponsors are catering to the whims of the fans. Until the fans change and demand higher ethics, the game is not going to change much.
“The majority of Black college football at major universities wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near them were it not for their athletic ability. The Black-white graduation rate gap for major college teams is abysmal and shows no signs of improving. It would be interesting to see Sports Illustrated do a racial breakdown of those arrests. We at SBPDL wager the majority of DUI arrests were white guys.
College football at major colleges is composed of almost 50 percent Black participants, while those same institutions barely have a Black overall enrollment of 4-6 percent of the student body. Race, though Sports Illustrated claims it is not, is a factor if 60 percent of the players with a criminal history are Black.
Who cares about the character, intelligence and overall moral quality (hey, it works at Brigham Young University) of the player recruited, right? As long as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Auburn, Florida State or the other southern schools win games, it doesn’t matter how these players act.
Scoreboard, baby is the only thing that matters (that is title of a book documenting abuses and criminal acts by Black football players at the University of Washington — Highly recommended).
Winning is all that matters. Who cares about the morality of the players recruited to represent the school. Sports is the main reason Black Run America (BRA) continues to exist. Once a sport that actual student-athletes played, it [college football] has become the breeding grounds for athlete-students with the character of Michael Vick.
Michael Vick, loathed in the white community, is a hero in the Black community. Whereas white fans of college football will excuse the poor behavior of Black players as long as they play for THEIR alma mater — calling Black players for other teams thugs when they misbehave — Black sports fans will ALWAYS cheer for Black players, regardless of how disreputable their behavior is off the field.
Jeff Benedict, the author of the study, wrote a book called Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL which shows that the racial element of crime in professional football is even worse.
The point is simply this: College Football players are looked upon as heroes, Gods even, by students, alumni, sportswriters and young people. When the players are disproportionately Black (largely because Black males mature faster than potential white recruits) the heroes will be Black, though they might be the only Black people on campus.
And these fans will excuse poor Black behavior as long as the scoreboard says their team is winning.”
Wow - so you’re cutting and pasting from a blog called “stuffblackpeopledontlike”? The laundry called - they said your sheets were ready...
I posted the link above.
Not likely to happen.
We were at Duke tonight. When we came out of the building where we had been, there was a shiny new BMW illegally parked right under the sign that said NO Parking. It had been booted and ticketed. We saw and heard the foul mouthed explosion from the owner when SHE arrived back at her car.
I have never heard such language from a young woman (not sure I’ve heard it from a man either) and she was screaming it on the street. She also threw the cup she was holding a toddler like temper tantrum only foul mouthed and from someone old enough to know better.
My point is that many young people today think they are exempt from the rules and resent the consequences when informed they are not. We are in a world of trouble later when this selfish bunch gets in control of things.
As for sport, jocks rule on campus and winning teams bring in the money. Very sad state of affairs.
Well stated. Some certainly have a sense of entitlement that is permeating our society.
I remember seeing someone holding a sign that said, “You can’t spell felons without noles.”
Interesting article. It’s kind of pathetic when you have schools in major NCAA sports programs giving out “athletic scholarships” to people whose criminal track records would preclude them from working at Wal-Mart or MacDonald’s.
And if white players, who are half of college football, haven't matured as fast when recruited, why is the NFL nearly 70% black? Have those players still not matured after 4 years?
Crime in college football is a relatively small problem once you look at the percentages. I think it’s like 1 in 14 have any sort of record and only 40% of those have a conviction. I’m remembering this from a sports radio show yesterday.