Cheating Is Not A New Conversation

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Cheating is not a new conversation when it comes to sports. There are several forms of cheating such as shaving points, using performance enhancement drugs, or sports betting. The formal definition of cheating is to “act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination,” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). When it comes to college sports, it is easy for a player to be persuaded to shave a few points for money. A typical question asked about sports is what happens if a team or player is caught cheating? Cheating is widespread it just depends on if the team or player gets caught. Recent examples of the cheating culture in sport includes Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots, directing his staff to videotape the defensive signals of the New York Jets and athletes in 10 sports at Florida State University cheating on their academic work, (Lumpkin, 2011, p. 2). With cheating being so widespread, the real reason to play sports seems to be lost in all the chaos of winning.

Cheating in sports is such an intriguing topic. Personally, this topic is interesting to me because sports are a part of my life and whenever someone cheats just to win, I always wonder why they would do such a thing. I understand that cheating happens in every level of sport. But what if everyone is cheating? These questions are the reasons this topic is important to me. In addition, how will we remember these athletes if they are labeled cheaters for the rest of…

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