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Should athletes be role models?

Some people say whether they like it or not, athletes are role models. If they participate in national or international sports and win, we admire them. We don’t necessarily worship them, but we think about their courage and determination when we are discouraged.

But others say it put too much pressure on athletes and it will influence their performance in their professional field.

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    Apr 24 2013: We should all be role models, regardless of our profession.
  • Apr 24 2013: Fact is...athletes are role models. They are paid enough to behave themselves. People picking up trash put in more work and get paid nothing. Let the garbage men misbehave. The guy getting a 100,000 dollar check cut can stand up straight and act right.


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    • Apr 25 2013: thank you. i like your opinions. :)
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    Apr 24 2013: If you look at it on one-level, their actions and dedication to the cause is reason enough for them to be good role models. Inspirational, actually. It would be interesting to see how many of the athletes use P.E.Ds..etc.. and perhaps question the morality of that. It would probably be better to isolate which athletes in particular should be role models instead of grouping them unnecessarily.

    I think the pressure of being the best of the best is enough and overshadow public opinion.
  • Apr 24 2013: Only if they are good role models.
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    Apr 25 2013: Does a "Yes" answer mean ALL athletes should be role models, and a "No" answer mean NONE should be?
  • Apr 25 2013: Anyone in the spotlight has the potential to be a role model, good or bad. Is expecting those in the spotlight to act like decent people too much to ask? They can't handle the pressure? Really?! I mean they are athletes, they operate under pressure all the time. Isn't that kind of what they are trained to do by their coaches? If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen, and leave your millions of dollars on the table.
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    Apr 24 2013: Anybody that has attained excellence in any profitable (I mean benefitial to humanity) field would certainly be a role model.

    Excellence speaks and silences mediocrity and laziness.
    It is then up to the individual to know the extent of his or her influence and the responsibility that comes with such.
    The Bible says, "A good name is worth more than silver and gold".
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    Apr 24 2013: Anybody that has attained excellence in any profitable (I mean benefitial to humanity) field would certainly be a role model.

    Excellence speaks and silences mediocrity and laziness.
    It is then up to the individual to know the extent of his or her influence and the responsibility that comes with such.
    The Bible says, "A good name is worth more than silver and gold".
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    Apr 24 2013: I think that it depends on the sport. I find it hard to focus on any particular player in a team based game, Olympic runners, speedskaters, etc are different, I can respect a man who has the drive to become the best.
    That said, I rarely give anyone respect without good cause. Good cause does not include scores, records or sponsorship's to me, the persons background, ideas and attitude reflect a lot more.

    I suppose saying that, athletes don't really constitute very good role models.