Archive for the ‘Sports Reputation’ Category

Can a Bad Break Be a Good Break?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The pre-wedding pummeling delivered by Ray Rice in a casino elevator has been played on television, on websites, in offices, on iPhones, in homes and offices, and is the definition of a viral video. Now what?  Beyond the hand-wringing, the empathetic comments, the angry tweets and the many, many collateral issues- the NFL response? The Casino? The investigators? The teams?- is there a good break?

If an athlete with ALS can spur tens of millions of supporters sending donations to combat the disease, can this video be the engine for a nationwide effort to support safe houses? Domestic violence groups? Legal services for victims?

Does it have to be “fun” to create a CCTV security cameracontribution frenzy? Something we want to look at like funny freezing friends?  Or can it just be something we can’t bear to watch?

 

 

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Undie-handed! Lingerie footballers allege California labor law violations

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Shame! Shame!

Players in a women’s indoor football league, including Las Vegas Sin quarterback Robin “Nikki” Johnson, are suing the league, claiming they weren’t paid overtime — or even minimum wage — when owners sent them out on promotional assignments or out onto the gridiron in helmets and shoulder pads (and little else).

It’s as though your boss told you he had your back, but left your buns uncovered.

Three lawsuits filed this summer claim the league violated California labor laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuits were filed by former players of the Legends Football League, which used to be called the Lingerie Football League.

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Teams in this indoor women’s football league have names like “Sin” and “Temptation,” but you can be sure the league’s attorneys won’t call their allegations “flimsy.”

All three lawsuits claim that the league improperly classified the plaintiffs as independent contractors so they wouldn’t have to pay overtime and minimum wage.

Come on guys (assuming the league owners are men), gawking at gals on the gridiron in their skivvies and shoulder pads ain’t like bolting a $10 beer at the local jiggle joint. If these women are on the field playing for wages and not tips like their follow performers dancing around the pole, they certainly deserve the respect a decent paycheck provides.

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Suarez Leaves His “Mark” on FIFA World Cup

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is no stranger to controversial incidents in the world of soccer.  In 2010, he was caught biting one of his opponents and received a 7-match ban from the Dutch League.  A few years later he was seen biting a Chelsea defender and received a 10-match ban in the Premier League.  Considering his history, it should come as no surprise to FIFA World Cup viewers that Uruguay’s Suarez would continue to use such ridiculous tactics.  As of present, he received a 4-month, 9-match ban from FIFA for –you guessed it- “biting” Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in a recent round one World Cup match.  He also received a $112,000 fine.

What did surprise the world was Suare??????????????z’s attempt to defend and deny this recurring action.  According to The Daily News, Suarez claims “After the impact … I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent” and therefore mistakenly bit his opponent’s shoulder.  He attempts to sound like the victim as he states, “At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,” to emphasize his own pain rather than taking ownership of his actions.  The seven-man FIFA panel dismissed his argument as they concluded that the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.”

This Saturday, June 28th, FIFA confirmed that formal proceedings had begun to appeal their decision and Uruguay now has seven days to submit a written appeal.  But what affect could an appeal have on a repeat offender like Suarez?  FIFA has made it clear that they will not accept his arguments despite the fact that all field officials failed to witness the bite- the whole world witnessed it.   Will he keep fighting the plain truth or finally accept responsibility for his actions?  At this point he seems motivated to fight these “cruel” accusations that he would intentionally bite a player.  To be honest, it seems to be a story of Suarez crying wolf.  We may have believed him the first or second time around but now his words are hard to believe.  Maybe this time he will learn from his mistake and keep his teeth to himself.

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Alex Rodriguez Headed to Steroid Hall of Shame

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Alex Rodriguez has had a very promising career ever since he signed with the Seattle Mariners as a short stop in 1994.  Rodriguez has been the American League’s MVP three times, won the Golden Glove award twice, is a five-time American League homerun champion.  After almost 20 years in baseball, and almost 10 years on the New York Yankees, he should be considered one of the best players of all time.  Yet, no one thinks of him that way despite his major accomplishments.

Rodriguez’s career has been tarnished with accusations of steroid use and, more recently, strained relationships with the Yankees.  Now, Rodriguez is facing a suspension for the use of the performance-enhancing drug Biogenesis, and interfering with the MLB’s investigation into his alleged drug use.  The suspension, if enacted, will last through the 2014 season, but Rodriguez is currently in the process of appealing it.  If upheld, he would not be eligible to play until possibly the 2015 season.

Many people are now asking, is the suspension going to ruin Rodriguez’s already tarnished reputation?  The answer is yes.  No one forgets the player that used steroids, especially in baseball.  Going forward, there will always be the “but” on the end of every compliment towards Rodriguez.  “He was the best on the Yankees, but he got suspended for steroid use” or “Rodriguez was my favorite player, but he used steroids and did not cooperate with the MLB.”  When steroids are involved, there is no excuse athletes can use that still makes them seem like an upstanding, honest player.  Fellow athletes, coaches, and fans view steroid-aided players as cheaters the moment the accusations begin.

Rodriguez had the opportunity to become one of the best players in MLB history, to be a role model for children across the country, and to be remembered for all of the records he set and awards he won.   But from now on he will be remembered as another player that achieved fame because he used steroids.

Rutger’s Athletic Scandal Escalates

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Most of us wake up every morning with a running to-do list in our minds of the tasks we must complete at work and at home, but it seems that is not the case for everyone – especially Robert L. Barchi, President of Rutgers University. During a press conference today to discuss the resignation of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, he boldly stated, “I consider resigning every morning when I wake up.”

Pernetti resigned today after gravely mishandling an incident that was brought to his attention five months ago: Mike Rice, then-head coach of the Rutgers men’s basketball team, was depicted in a 30-minute compilation video to be abusing his student athletes, both physically and verbally. Rice was not fired until this Wednesday, although the video had already been viewed by Pernetti and Rutgers’ counsel last November. Barchi had not seen the video and was only given a summary of its content, therefore he simply chose to suspend Rice for three games and fine him for $50,000. Barchi’s excuse for those actions versus firing him? He did not actually watch the video and only acted on the report that was brought to him.

The video depicting homophobic slurs and basketballs being thrown at players’ heads made its presence known in the Rutgers community in the midst of a huge decision for the University’s athletic community – Rutgers would leave the Big East Conference in 2014 and join the Big 10 Conference. Pernetti played a large part in securing Rutger’s spot in the top collegiate conference in the nation, and Rutgers certainly experienced pressure and speculation to uphold their reputation. Barchi stated that he did not know of the abuse case until after Big 10 negotiations were settled, but timing is a fickle thing. Maybe Barchi did not know about the abuse by Rice yet, but it is very possible that Pernetti did, as he was given the video sometime in late November by a former staff member, Eric Murdock.

This afternoon, Barchi could not avoid repeated questioning as to why he did not view the tape between then and now. His response was that his chief counsel, Pernetti and outside counsel viewed it and he trusted theirjudgment. He claimed, “It’s very easy to say in retrospect what we should have done.”

Maybe that is true, but now it is not about what the Rutgers camp should have done, but what they will do from this point forward. In the past week, Rutgers has lost their head basketball coach, assistant coach, general counsel and athletic director. What will the athletic department look like in a week, or in a year? Barchi may wish he would have handled things differently, but this issue will not disappear any time soon. Perhaps he should consider sending in his own letter of resignation if he wakes up tomorrow morning and decides he does not feel like dealing with this fiasco any longer.