Crime and Punishment is a piece written by Gary Smith that explores the story of a very talented high school basketball player, Richie Parker. Unfortunately for Richie, he made a mistake that would change his and another student’s lives forever. Richie was convicted for sexual assault, which unfortunately still happens today.
However, Richie’s story differs here from the usual narrative. Instead of being offered a second chance after his debt was paid, Richie was essentially blacklisted. While Richie may truly not deserve a second chance, it is hypocritical that professional athletes seem to have the ability to make people forget they did these things too.
Ben Roethlisberger, Julian Edelman, Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick, Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, and Adrian Peterson have either committed or have been accused of heinous crimes. But for some reason, the public still allows them the privilege of being looked-up to.
At what point do we raise the standard for our role models and not allow this behavior to exist?