Athletes: Above the Law

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It was called “Acceptance,” a story about a father whose alcoholism kills his son, an All-American football star. A second chance is then offered in the form of two new sons, one homosexual and the other intellectually disabled. As far as the outcome, you would have to “…wait for the movie”. The outlandish story Rae Carruth imagined would never reach the big screen, instead his own life would far eclipse the scenario he created when he chose to have his eight-month pregnant girlfriend and unborn baby murdered instead of paying child support. Part of his plan did work, Cherica Adams did die, but not before calling 911, identifying Carruth, and also giving birth to their son, who survived. It was a shocking crime that would make headlines,…show more content…
After pleading guilty to verbal harassment, Smith attended group therapy and paid the NFL a $25,000 fine (Schrotenboer, Monteagudo). In the 2013 NFL off-season alone, there were at least thirty-seven arrests or criminal charges filed against NFL players including ten incidents of drunk driving. According to Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer, “"I don't think anything has changed (with players). I guess guys are going to do what they're going to do regardless.” (Schrotenboer “NFL Arrests Persist After Turbulent Offseason”). The staggering number of incidents in the past 13 years is further proof something needs to be done to prevent criminal activity among NFL players. Walt Handelsman’s “NFL Records--- Literally!” for Newsday The court system may have allowed many of these players to walk away from very serious crimes with inadequate punishment while the NFL’s response did little to discourage criminal behavior. Because of this, the first part of the solution lies with the judicial system to begin holding players accountable to the same standards as the average American citizen. Michael Vick served just a year and a half behind bars in a state that routinely sentences individuals to five-year terms for the same crime (Humane Society). In the case of O.J. Simpson, a jury of his peers allowed him to walk out of a courtroom a free man despite compelling

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