Athletes are continuing to evolve with every passing season. Some transform their game forever, while others change their lives forever and it's not always for the best. This past off season twenty football players at the University of Oregon have been arrested with criminal allegations. The arrests either had drug, assault, or burglary charges involved.
I bring up the Oregon football team because they are the most recent example of poor off the field decisions by athletes. The freshman running back at Oregon, LaMichael James, was charged with assault because he choked his girlfriend and received a three game suspension. Come on. He choked someone and can't play three games. With that degree of punishment it's practically like the incident never happened. What can you really learn from a three game suspension?
Young people that make mistakes, especially athletes, need to be held more accountable for their actions. By not punishing them they only solidify the feeling of entitlement they already have. In most athletic cases, the punishment does not fit the crime.