Preparation for the sports law segment on the “live” show looks something like this:
– Ryan Lochte issues have been trending most of the day and there are several topics that can be discussed with regard to the circumstance that have been reported as having occurred in Brazil. Falsifying a police report, allegations in the media, international laws vs. U.S. laws … it can be scary for a U.S. citizen to be in a foreign country and be subject to prosecution. An interesting case, that is not sports related but rather music industry, involved Randy Blythe, front man for “Lamb of God’ who was charged with crimes when a death resulted after a fan charged on stage. U.S. citizens were up in arms when Randy was held in jail for the death of the fan, and so taking the matter of Ryan Lochte into consideration, and the other swimmers, what can be said about elite athletes being able to be ‘off the hook’ if you will, for being able to make a charitable donation? Many have asked if racism was involved here since Lochte is considered elite due to his race [ of course that could be the media’s portrayal because his race and elite status could has also worked against him, right? I mean, last I checked, I did not realize Brazilians favored one race over the other, but the media always manages to throw that race card into the mix to give us something to talk about ]
– Fantasy Football is in the news again and Gaming Today [ publication I write for and Ken is very familiar with ] actually tweeted a tweet about the loss of tax dollars that we do not get to use to benefit our economy because we do not have sports betting legalized. Same could be said for fantasy sports, and it does seem a bit ridiculous [ to me ] that there is so much to do about nothing. If stock market and insurance industry work on ‘law of large numbers’ and predictions that are in a sense a gamble, what’s the problem? Statisticians can do lots to help the average guy have as much of an inside track as the top handicappers, and the playing field seems to be level. What’s the difference between ‘insider trading’ and potential vulnerability of athletes [ or coaches etc., ] being lured to throw a game and/or gamble on their own outcome? Doesn’t legalization make it easier to detect? Doesn’t regulation of fantasy sports industry help the industry have legitimacy through transparency? What’s the big deal?
Of course, the government sticking their nose into people’s business, and putting all these rules in place that require people without felonies or criminal records will possibly put a damper on things, if by chance those who reign in the fantasy sports industry have criminal records.
Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and this is such a sad set of circumstances. What could posses a man to do what he did? It’s mind boggling that someone with so much, who takes pride in being a dedicated father during an NFL dedication to women, goes and violate women in such a manner. Just sad.
Brian seemed very interested to talk about how the NFL wants to compel players to testify and give over information after media allegations that they used PEDS were reported. #WhatwouldPeytonDo is actually a popular hashtag on Twitter and one has to wonder what would be happening if he had not retired? Why was he cleared and the other players still subject to being forced to talk?
Lastly Ray Rice has offered to donate his salary to charity. Should the Ravens give him a chance? Is Ray not playing because he can’t play anymore [ skill wise ] or is it more than that? Should Ray be given a chance to play? My opinion on this is same as I had regarding the re-signing of Michael Vick after he served time for a crime. I do not see what sense it makes for US Citizens to pay money for tax dollars that go toward rehabilitation etc., and then disallow rehabilitated offenders to get employment. What’s the point if after they learn, they cannot go back into society and have productive lives and teach others. If our greatest mistakes are lessons we learn from mistakes, why prevent a man who has made a mistake, done his time, and is committed to being a good citizen be unable to work in the field he was worked? Just seems so hypocritical to me, especially when you consider that Malcolm X was a former felon, who ended up lecturing at Oxford. Go figure.