So athletes cheat because of the new-found social station? I don't think so. I don't think it is a socio-economic problem necessarily -- in cases where it is then I put to you that as rich men they think they earned the right - as poor men they think society owes them the right.
Social station plays a part, but my point is more that these guys are told their entire life how wondeful they are and that their athletic skills make them more valuable in society than the average person. The media, and society in general has ( IMO ) falsely created a legion of demi-gods, that are taught they can do no wrong. It is reinforced by the OJ simpsons, Winona Ryders, and any other celebrity that gets a diffrent treatment than you or I would because of "who they are". It happens at Restaurants, Plays, Concerts you name it. It is everywhere. If you get that type of treatment you're bound to start believing it eventually. Again I am not making the argument it is right, merely that it is a different scenario from the average Joe on the street.
But if you were a pro athlete you’d flush it all down the sh!tter anyhow just because you’d get worn down? No. You wouldn’t, at least I don’t think. If you would get worn down then you will as the obscure guy you are now too!
Absolutely not, however my entire up bringing would have been different and in turn there is a distinct possibility, I would be a different person than I am (not saying that makes it right). As you can gather I firmly believe that people are shaped by their environment and the experiences in life. I was never handed the privelages or the accolades that some of these athletes have known their entire lives. So you really can't compare yourself, or myself to them without living the lives they have led.
Again none of this makes it right, I have never suggested that, I think it is just too simple to try and judge their actions with none of us having the experience of the upbringing and privelages these guys are afforded. I just think it is more complicated than that.
I agree PK, I think we both have the same basic opinons on the matter, I am just giving them a little more leeway, because it really doesn't pertain to me.
I guess I'll just leave this thread to the others now, since I think I have bored 3/4's of the people here.