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Time to stop coddling athletes

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Cleveland (WOIO) - Another day, another football player hitting the police blotter. Some of the crimes are extreme, like the charges against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Some fall into the serious category, such as the accusation that Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde punched a woman in the face. And some, well, the behavior is just plain stupid, like OSU cornerback Bradley Roby, allegedly hitting a bouncer after being tossed from an Indiana bar.

But as these cases continue to pile up, at an alarming rate, they all have one thing in common: a sense of entitlement.

These athletes, and many more, have been pampered and coddled their entire lives. Many of them simply don't believe the rules apply to them.

I applaud Urban Meyer's quick response, and immediate discipline. Hyde has been suspended, but could find himself off the team completely if the accusation proves to be true. Meyer takes a hard line when it comes to incidents involving his players and women. He also knows that the one negative mark that followed him when he left the University of Florida was this stat: 31 player arrests during Meyer's five years as head coach. He can't afford to run that kind of program in Columbus.

Those who excuse these actions, and I'm talking about fans and faculty members who prefer to look the other way, so as not to affect the wins and losses, aren't doing these men any favors. In fact, that attitude has a lot to do with the increasing infractions we're seeing from athletes in all sports, at every level.


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