Re: Beat women? You'll love Joe Corvo!
posted at 7/6/2011 3:41 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Beat women? You'll love Joe Corvo!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Beat women? You'll love Joe Corvo! : But TTBI, of course we would prefer that all players (or all people) be good citizens and I deplore violence against women. But my perspective on this is to completely remove myself from getting into the judgement of character in professional athletes. If the guy is a criminal, he should be charged and punished just like everyone else. But hockey players are almost like objects to me. I want entertainment. They are not my friends, or relatives, or role models. I just want to get away from the game of having a moral perspective on their personal lives anymore than anyone else. On a night out I pay money to the restaurant, the waiter, the bartender, the cab driver, musician's, actors, or whatever entertainment I may seek. At no point do I worry or ask about their personal character or arrest history. It's not about sympathy or foregivness for potential criminals -- it's just not my place or interest to make a moral evaluation of them. I just want to be entertained. Leave the background checks to the employer or the police. If I were Chiarelli, I would take a long hard look at this, but I'm not.
Posted by Fletcher1[/QUOTE]
I buy part of your argument Fletch....I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, and still love his movies, despite the less than honorable things he did in his private life.
But I do find it hard--when i KNOW what a player has done--to cheer for that guy. Would you have cheered for OJ had he been in his prime when he got acquitted and then went back to scoring TD's, just b/c he played for your team..or would that knowledge of what he did creep into your judgment just a bit?
Jason Kidd, Wil Cordero, Kenny Rogers, Dany Heatly, Tiger Woods....pro sports is littered w/examples of athletes acting badly, and I understand we can't expect them to be saints while the rest of us revel sometimes in sin.
But I also can't see how you can draw that barrier completely between on-field and off-field performance...if you only cared about what they did on the field, why not replace all the humans w/robots who we could just power down once the game is over so they don't run amok in the streets?
athletes in our society get treated better than the rest of us, and are paid handsomly for it. I think it's OK to hold them to a somewhat higher moral standard as a result....or barring that, to ask them to earn their second chances thru good works. Show me evidence Corvo has done so and I'll cheer for him.