Sports : Athletes For Their Non Human Like Strength

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As Americans, the public idolizes professional athletes for their non-human like strength, ability to succeed in their sport, and the hefty amount of money that they rake in each year. Americans place emphasis on sports all the way down to the college level. Sports are very important to the culture of America and play a large role in college acceptance, income, and the treatment of the athletes is taken into consideration by many. We praise these athletes for their talent through money and attendance. Though some athletes are able to maintain a strong head on their shoulders and keep their morals solid while balancing the stress of a busy schedule, some athletes crack under pressure, allowing the amount of money they make to get to their…show more content…
There are several examples of professional athletes who have lost all of their money or a large portion of it due to a poor financial decision. Though athletes may feel that they have money to blow, one mistake can lead to a huge loss. Unfortunately, this is a common theme in professional athletes of all sports. Torii Hunter, a former baseball player for the Detroit Tigers, the Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who ran into a bit of financial trouble. Torii Hunter “lost nearly $70,000 a few years back from an investment in inflatable rafts for furniture” (Stenis 1). Although he viewed this as a good idea in the case of an emergency or natural disaster, it is unrealistic that anyone would actually use it. It is important to know a good idea from a bad one and base your decisions accordingly. It is also key to know the possible consequences of one’s financial mistakes. Similarly to Hunter, Rollie Fingers, a former baseball pitcher for the following teams: Oakland Athletes, Milwaukee Brewers, and the San Diego Padres , made the same mistake by investing in outrageous companies that to some, can be viewed as useless. “Four years after his retirement in 1985, Fingers’ long-term investments in pistachio farms, Arabian horses and wind turbines caught up with him. In 1992, he filed for bankruptcy, where he listed assets at less than $50,000” (Stenis 3). While wind turbines do have potential to help the
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