By Stanley H Teitelbaum
From intercourse and medication to violence, playing, and wholesale conspiracies, scandals are all over the place in activities. every one of those difficulties is its personal factor, and each case is separate, yet taken as a complete this felony pathology is indicative of a frequent challenge with athletes and accountability. during this wide-ranging and deep-seeking research, psychologist Stanley H. Teitelbaum asks why elite athletes take huge, immense dangers with their lives and careers. Teitelbaum analyzes and diagnoses this culturally resonant set of issues of a good, serious eye, taking a look at every thing from baseball's steroid abusers to playing scandals within the NBA to the regular movement of athletes arrested for household violence to the homicide trials of O.J. Simpson and wrestler Chris Benoit. A concluding bankruptcy holds activities commissioners and others to job for hiding in the back of a faЌade of lack of knowledge and duplicitous na•vet? in trying to disguise up or defuse brewing scandals.
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Extra info for Athletes Who Indulge Their Dark Side: Sex, Drugs, and Cover-Ups
MLB has been applauded for having the most stringent drug-testing policy among the major sports leagues. Politically speaking, the key objective for baseball was to perpetuate the renaissance of fan interest and keep the turnstiles ticking, while at the same time creating the impression that the league was dedicated to fixing the steroids problem that was threatening the integrity of the sport. In addition to negotiating with the players union to establish a somewhat tougher drug-testing plan, in March 2006, Bud Selig appointed George Mitchell, a well-respected former senator from Maine, to head an investigation into steroid use in baseball.
The players Radomski named did not respond to the allegations, and Mitchell was impotent to force them to talk. His only leverage would have been to bring the issue to Congress, which does have subpoena power, and that scenario would have created a public relations disaster in exposing baseball’s dirty secrets. In sanctimoniously seeking to protect the image of the game, Selig, who must have known about steroids use before he appointed Mitchell, basically was trying to establish his own image as a hard-line commissioner in the Kenesaw Mountain Landis tradition, out to clean up the game.
Organized fan strikes and protests Instead of trusting their heroes to be clean until proven guilty, sports fans must demand that they perform free of steroids. The large segment of fans who care about the artificial enhancement of their heroes needs to organize a fans’ strike, in which a day is designated for people to boycott the sport. The media can assist in publicizing a fan unappreciation day. Such a display would result in a drop of attendance, even if for one day. The Steroids Scandal 37 With accompanying causative publicity, this effort would push the franchise owners to push to the forefront the need to do more than public relations initiatives to clean up their game.
Athletes Who Indulge Their Dark Side: Sex, Drugs, and Cover-Ups by Stanley H Teitelbaum