Hailing the wrong heroes

Stop celebrating bad behavior of sports stars

WRITTEN BY JAMES PAXSON, SPORTS EDITOR

In a life where people need role models and heroes to escape the chaos that surrounds us all; sports can be that escape that everyone needs.

Should fans really be praising athletes involved in domestic abuse? (Image from chicagotribune.com)

Earlier this summer, New York Yankees future hall of fame pitcher Alrondis Chapman came back to pitch for the after missing 30 games. Chapman has the fastest throwing arm in the Major Leagues by being able to throw pitches consistently over 100 mph and by throwing a ball 105 mph earlier this year. He then was traded to Chicago where he has a permanent role as the teams closing pitcher.

He is considered a hero to many baseball fans, and New York showed their love when Chapman returned to the field earlier this summer. Thousands of people cheered and welcomed Chapman back to the game like he was returning from an injury or just experienced a personal tragedy. However, in reality he was suspended.

The suspension was for a domestic violence incident that occurred between him and his girlfriend in Florida on Oct. 30, 2015. According to ESPN.com, Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and punched her in the head

Sports offer many positive role models and heroes but why are fans cheering on athletes like him?

Domestic violence has taken over the sports world headlines in recent years and more athletes are continuing to maintain high paying jobs even after committing crimes.

According to the NCAVA (National Coalition Against Violent Athletes), one in three sexual assaults are committed by athletes. Young boys and girls look up to athletes and imitate them in real life situations. For example, when football players do something worth a celebration most of the time they beat their chest, which is the exact same thing that ever y little league player does to emulate their favorite players. It has become almost routine to hear that another athlete is involved in a domestic violence case and true sports fans want this to end.

The question is what is the right punishment for an athlete committing such a crime?

The professional sports suspension system is not harsh enough on the penalty to make people regret committing crimes. A real punishment would be a yearlong unpaid suspension for any athlete who has been proven of a crime. A year without pay for an athlete and being away from the sport that they adore paying will be a reality check for abusers of humanity and the law.

In sports the law and morals are relaxed due to the ability to do something physically impressive; but more people need to care about how players’ treat women, not just how fast they can throw a ball.

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