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Automatic Role Models

August 14th, 2006 · No Comments · Sports Psychology

It seems like just about every day we see in the news some high profile sports person who has been up to no good. When athletes are in the public eye they need to accept that they are role models, whether they want to be or not. Some say they don’t ask to be role models, while other people defend them by saying that they are just human and occasionally make mistakes. However, some of them seem to make too many mistakes, and when you are a high profile athlete, you have to work extra hard not to make mistakes in public. If they don’t want to be a role model, they can stop playing their sport at a high level and get away from the public eye. While they continue to play sport and entertain people, and for many get paid very well for it, they have to accept their position in society. The way they are idolized and paid excessive amounts of money only makes them further removed for normal society. That is not an excuse, just more reason that they need to work harder to maintain their standards.

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