Articles matching tag: Ethics
- Column: Bribery Kickback Scandal Rocks College BasketballOctober 12, 2017
“I rob banks because that’s where the money is.” Willie Sutton Last week a New York federal court handed up indictments charging a number of assistant coaches, agents, financial advisers and shoe company employees with corruption in recruiting amateur basketball players. Ten men were arrested on criminal charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. During a press conference to announce the arrests, Joon Kim, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the investigation is ongoing, sending an ominous signal that this is merely the tip of the iceberg in unmasking a scandal that has been an open secret for years. Prosecutors will no doubt use the prospect of jail time to coerce defendants into identifying more schools, coaches, and companies involved in the corruption, kickbacks and bribery schemes to funnel top-level athletes to certain programs.
- Column: Cuban Smuggling Case A Stain On MLBMarch 23, 2017
While most baseball fans have been focusing on the excitement of spring training in Florida and Arizona, or the emotion of the World Baseball Classic being played around the globe, a seamy side of the sport was being detailed in a Miami courtroom. For six weeks, Cuban players and other government witnesses testified about a smuggling network that starts in Cuba, goes through Haiti, Mexico and other countries, and ultimately delivers MLB some of its top talent. Last week a federal jury convicted agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada of human trafficking. Hernandez is facing 3-15 years in prison while Estrada faces between 5-35 years at their sentencing on July 11.
- Column: Cyber-attacks Exist In Sports TooFebruary 9, 2017
Cyber-attacks have become all too common in the United States. Millions of Americans have been victims of identity theft after their personal information was accessed. The most frequent targets of criminals are databases of financial institutions, hospitals and retail outlets, although Ashley Madison also comes to mind. Unfortunately, the sports world is not immune from such illegal activity. Last week MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a decision in a hacking case involving the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. St. Louis was ordered to forfeit two second round draft picks in this year’s draft, numbers 56 and 75 overall and pay $2 million to the Astros.
- Column: Harvard Punishes Wrong IndividualsNovember 10, 2016
Harvard University recently suspended the men’s soccer team for the remainder of the season after it was revealed that the 2012 men’s soccer team published a “scouting report” on their counterparts on the women’s team. The nine-page report had nothing to do with the women’s soccer ability; it was based on their sexual attractiveness and perceived sexual interests. In an email announcing the suspension to Harvard student-athletes, athletic director Robert L. Scalise said, “We strongly believe that this immediate and significant action is absolutely necessary if we are to create an environment of mutual support, respect, and trust among our students and our teams.” While the goal of his message is certainly important, the action designed to accomplish it - suspending the team - was wrong on a number of levels.
- Column: What We Can Learn From The Ryan Lochte AffairSeptember 1, 2016
If you thought the Rio Olympic Games morphed into the Ryan Lochte saga, you can be forgiven. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming - six gold, three silver and three bronze – created a firestorm that took on a life of its own, one that seemingly won’t die. By now, it’s hard to find an American who can’t recount the circumstances that gave rise to the controversy. Lochte and fellow Olympian Jimmy Feigen claimed they, along with U.S. swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were robbed at gunpoint on the night of August 14 during a night on the town in Rio. The perpetrators, according to Lochte, were Rio police.
- Column: PC World or Repeating Mistakes?August 4, 2016
In this PC (politically correct) world, it’s difficult to say anything that won’t offend someone. Those who rail against the PC police often make a valid case that too many of us are overly sensitive and need to lighten up. But sometimes we feed the beast. Jim Turner, the offensive line coach for the Texas A & M University football team, was suspended last week after giving a presentation entitled “Chalk Talk 2016” to a gathering of approximately 700 Aggie women. The presentation was intended to enlighten the group on the rules of football, specifically, playing the offensive line. But unfortunately for Turner and co-presenter Jeff Banks, the Aggies’ tight ends coach, the talk made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
- Column: Pat Summitt's Definite DozenJuly 21, 2016
When former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt passed away last month at the age of 64 from early onset Alzheimer’s, the world lost not only the greatest coach in the history of the sport, but a giant of a human being. Pat’s on-court accomplishments, many of which may never be exceeded, have been chronicled for posterity, but it’s what she stood for off the court that she valued most. Herewith are “Pat Summitt’s Definite Dozen,” rules she lived by and imparted to her players. They deserve to be remembered and repeated forever, by athletes and non-athletes alike.
- Column: Are Beanball Wars Out Of Control?June 23, 2016
Just as the MLB season has heated up, so too have the “Beanball Wars.” The motivation for the incidents may vary, but the potential result is the same: Suspensions and/or injuries that could affect a team’s performance or jeopardize a player’s career. The most recent dust up occurred when Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura plunked Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the back during a game on June 7. Machado’s offense was barking at Ventura after the pitcher had thrown inside to him earlier in the game. Machado dropped his bat and charged the mound, precipitating a benches-clearing brawl. When the melee ended, Ventura and Machado were ejected and later suspended by MLB, Ventura for nine games and Machado for four.
- Column: Washington Redskins - A Controversy That Won't EndJune 16, 2016
If you’re looking for a controversy with no end, try this one: The debate on whether the Washington Redskins should change their nickname and team logos. Depending on who – and how – you ask, the nickname of the NFL’s third most valuable team ranges from a non-issue to a slur against Native Americans. The controversy was recently inflamed when the Washington Post published the results of a new poll that asked Native Americans a series of questions regarding their opinion of the term “Redskins.” A whopping 90% said the name doesn’t bother them. Only nine percent said the name was offensive, while one percent had no opinion.
- Column: Baylor University Brought To TaskJune 2, 2016
After a damning report chronicled the mishandling of numerous sexual assaults on campus, Baylor University announced the suspension with the intent to fire its football coach, the demotion of its President and the probation of its Athletic Director. Despite the apparent severity of those penalties, given the horrific nature of the actions described in the report, they are both insufficient and come way too late.