It has been a part of American, and even around the globe, that athletes are set on a pedestal above the regular populace and looked up to as idols.
Athletes, as everyone else are human and being in the confines of skin and bone want the best money can buy and gotten through legal and illegal means.
The average, if there is an average, American worker goes about their routine without entourages, demands, and high expectations, laboring and paying their just bills.
Americans spend millions of dollars going wild when a man hits a ball over the fence, runs down a well-kept field and dunks a basketball.
The same applies to musicians and movie stars,
With mega-millions of income and someone to take care of them hand and foot, many are unable to handle the riches and glitz of fame and fortune.
An example of some related issues to this situation could be found in the July 25 Sports Illustrated where 45 NFL players are shown and noted what they did during the lockout.
Writing a parenting column, pro boxer, private equity intern, saved a drowning child, TV appearances, engaged, wedded, flew with the Thunderbirds and clothing modeling are among the activities.
There were seven arrested for drug related matters, two retired, one arrested for theft, three for assault and one fighting.
Remember they are human, not accustomed to the great attention and adoration, feel above the law and untouchable.
Money and fame are certain to change people. They also attract those “hangers-on” who leech from their “friends” till the bucket runs dry, police step in or other legal actions occur.
There are plenty athletes and stars who set the right example but it is always the squeaking wheel, bad-boy or girl, who draws most attention.
Set your heights higher.