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post #1 of 14
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I really don't think this is quite fair.... I don't think they should be playing football at all - they should be in jail now! Just because they are in sports, they get to postpone their sentencing? I personally don't think its quite right!

The judge says he sees 'positive things from playing football'. Uhh... if it were that much of a positive thing, then they shouldn't have done this in the first place!

http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story...T=HCP&GT1=8485
post #2 of 14
I agree. Those boys should go straight to jail. I feel bad for the people that were injured. I feel like they are going to get extremely upset about this. that stupid deer could have cost them their lives.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
I agree. Those boys should go straight to jail. I feel bad for the people that were injured. I feel like they are going to get extremely upset about this. that stupid deer could have cost them their lives.
Exactly. These boys should have no different punishment just because they are involved in sports. You know darn well that if some boys that did this that were NOT in sports, they would be in jail by now!

I just don't get why people who are active in sports get more of a lienant punishment. I've seen it happen way too much!
post #4 of 14
Who's betting that the judge was a football athlete back in his own day?

I think this is deplorable.
post #5 of 14
I teach freshman biology, and every single time I see a student losing his scholarships, the grades plunge. It is difficult to go to school while working full time.

If football can get them scholarships in college, they might be able to do enough good after college to make up for their crime, provided that they compensate the family with enough financial resources.......I actually don't see anything wrong with it.
post #6 of 14
as they say in the game,

Go to jail , do not pass go, do not collect $200 dollars.
this giving special treatment to sports and actors stuff is for the birds....
post #7 of 14
Hey, I see similar things happening with soldiers completely avoiding being sentenced for such crimes as domestic violence simply because they are soldiers and may be deployed at some point in the near future. Neither our job description nor your extracurricular activities should dictate your sentance; you commit the crime, you should do the time (and not just when it fits into your schedule).
post #8 of 14
I live in a football crazed state and, season after season, the thugs that comprise part of the University of Arkansas football team get busted with drugs, for fighting, etc and get away with a slap on the wrist. I think they only stay clean to pass the NCAA tests and then smoke up during the off-season. They get away with a slap on the wrist every single time. It makes me crazy.

In addition to their bad behavior, these guys are given full rides, live in the nicest dorms, never go to class, have profs that will "work out" a way to keep them eligible to play. Most play thru their eligibility, but never graduate. Meanwhile, academic scholarship kids work their butts off to keep the scholarships, are assigned to crap honors dorms or scholarship dorms, and will see a new academic facility buit or rehabbed once in their lifetime.

Having the world's largest Jumbotron is far more important to alot of universities than having a six-year graduation rate over 50%.

Can you guess that I was an academic not a jock?
post #9 of 14
This makes me so angry I could just spit! I grew up in the most football crazed town there is, and I saw this treatment ALL THE TIME! Now, if I would have done something like this, the judge would throw me in jail, no questions asked. I don't care if you play football, you shouldn't get off just because you run around and play a game.
post #10 of 14
It's really sad when people are surprised about higher standards being applied to athletes, but that really is what happened when two of my cousins played for the University of Nebraska. They went into it almost expecting to be given breaks because football is SO important there, but they weren't. They were given the same assignments and the same time frames to complete them as anyone else. There was no additional grace period because they had a big game that week. Not only that, but the coaches made it crystal clear that if the grades slipped, they wouldn't play. Period. One of my cousins said that some of the professors were harder on the football players than on regular students, so they had to work harder to maintain their GPA. And Nebraska also has one of the higher rates of graduation from their football programs...
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by shengmei View Post
I teach freshman biology, and every single time I see a student losing his scholarships, the grades plunge. It is difficult to go to school while working full time.

If football can get them scholarships in college, they might be able to do enough good after college to make up for their crime, provided that they compensate the family with enough financial resources.......I actually don't see anything wrong with it.
So their consequences should be altered because they... play football? MOST people and their families have to put their lives on hold to go to jail. What if they were practicing saxaphone and were working toward a musical scholarship? Do you think the judge would have even considered that? Where should the line be drawn?
post #12 of 14
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So their consequences should be altered because they... play football? MOST people and their families have to put their lives on hold to go to jail. What if they were practicing saxaphone and were working toward a musical scholarship? Do you think the judge would have even considered that? Where should the line be drawn?
Exactly, I just don't think its fair, just because they are in sports - how unfair!
You know any other activity (music, arts, ect.) wouldn't have been a logical excuse to keep them from their jail time!
post #13 of 14
^ I agree with you two, babyharley and Rockcat.

If they were really concerned about doing well, they wouldn't have done it in the first place.

I think that's ridiculous and they shouldn't be given exceptions. Reward them before sending them to jail, that'll teach them, eh?
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