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The Dumbest Move in Little League Softball – A Sports Ethics Minute

Decisions made quickly have almost immediate consequences in this day and age. This is a Sports Ethics minute highlighting a teachable moment in Little League Softball and what happens when ethics are thrown to the wind.

Little League SoftballWhile I’m not a mind reader, I can almost hear the commentary in my head.  The coaches for West region team from Snohomish, Washington (Little League team) fresh off a tough win against Central Iowa are saying to themselves – “Wow.  Hope we don’t have to play them again!  Hey, if we throw the game we won’t have to play Central Iowa again in the semi-finals.”

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For Phil Mickelson – It’s not a Golf Story, It’s an Ethical Blunder

Whenever I hear the name “Phil Mickelson,” the knee-jerk reaction I always have is “Good Guy/Lucky Guy.” He is an amazing golfer; a consistently great golfer who always manages to finish in the money. He has been excelling in the professional circuit Phil Mickelsonsince the early 1990s; he seems to have a beautiful family life and he is an endorsement machine. If you don’t care one whit about golf, chances are you may have seen one of his many television or magazine advertisements.

In fact, in 2011 alone he earned more than $62 million dollars; $53 million of it came from endorsements.

It is a charmed life to be sure, however Phil Mickelson has a little problem. He plays it loose with his money. In a story for NBC Golf by Nick Menta (June 29, 2015) entitled: “Report: Mickelson tied to illegal gambling case,” we learn:

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Toya Graham vs Audrey Dimitrew – A Stark Ethical Difference

So close but yet so far.  Different perspectives and worlds apart separate the parental roles comparing Audrey Dimitrew whose family is suing the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association vs the mother, Toya Graham, in Baltimore who pulled her son from getting involved in inner city riots.  Ethically I can’t seem to shake the stark difference between Toya Graham and Audrey Toya GrahamDimitrew, both taking action for their child, yet both setting starkly different examples.

For a point of reference, Fairfax, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland are about 60 miles from one another (as the car drives). As someone who speaks on ethics nationwide, I am always curious about ethical parallels and how people handle the challenges in their lives in different ways – and what it says about our society. This tale occurs in an hour’s distance.

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Chelsea vs Saint Germain – When “Good” People Standby – and do nothing

Chelsea vs. Saint Germain: The setting for today’s blog is the Paris Metro and the event that seemingly precipitated the following incident was the aftermath of a football match between a French team, Saint Germain vs the English club, Chelsea. However, this isn’t a sports story. It is a story about ugliness and intolerance.

Chelsea vs. St. Germain

Chelsea vs. St. Germain.

In the train station, a black man was physically stopped from getting on the Paris Metro. It was not gentle kidding; he was physically pushed not once, but at least three times. As the man was shoved off the train, the crowd shouted racist chants.

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Lance Armstrong News: Every Choice has a Consequence!

The Lance Armstrong news saga ceased to become a “sports story” more than 10 years ago, when in 2005 the allegations of blood doping came fully into light. It became much larger.

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Lance Armstrong, “The Truth Hurts”.

I could put Lance Armstrong’s career into a 50:50 mixture of cycling to “spin.” By spin, I am not referring to the exercise we do in our gyms on stationary bikes. I am referring to the public relations dance that the guilty often do when they try to cover their tracks with denial, contrition, obfuscation and innuendo. The spin part includes songs such as “Well, everyone does it!” or “It was legal to do it back then.”

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Jackie Robinson West team Stripped of their national Little League Baseball title – Adults Failing the Children – Twice

“The actions of the adults have led to this outcome.”

–Little League Baseball announcing decision to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of their national title.

Jackie Robinson WestIt was a feel good, “Field of Dreams” story. The inner-city Jackie Robinson West team won the Little League national title over richer, more organized suburban teams from all over America. When they won, it was indeed a reiteration of the American Dream. You would have had to have a heart made of stone to not cheer for them.

Most of these kids are from humble means. Their victory took them all the way to the White House to meet the president. It doesn’t get any more special than that. However the victory was short-lived. Complaints were filed and “whistles were blown.”

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Refs, Knuckle Bumps, and Unethical Behavior – A Guest Blog by Mark Given

A few months back, there was turmoil in a Bills vs. Broncos game because two seasoned referees gave each other a knuckle bump immediately after a touchdown.

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Chris Christie Rides into Dallas Like a Cowboy

This could be a story about football, I suppose, or about politics and privilege in America. It shouldn’t necessarily be about Chris Christie though he is a central figure. It is a story about how all of us can become wrapped up in poor choices and the consequences those choices yield.

Chris Christie Jerry JonesAbout two weeks ago, while I was watching the Detroit Lions in their playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, the camera scanned up to Jerry Jones, Cowboy’s owner, in his owner’s box seated next to a guy who looked remarkably like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. At first I thought it was probably an assistant or an ex-football player; lo and behold, the man was identified as the governor and that is when a few bells and whistles went off in my head.

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NCAA Uncovers Student Athlete Fraud at 20 Colleges

The amount of academic fraud in colleges and universities across America in regard to student athletes is apparently more widespread than even the NCAA had realized. In an article by Brad Wolverton for The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 22, 2015) entitled: “NCAA Says It’s Investigating Academic Fraud ncaaat 20 Colleges,” we learn that:

“The National Collegiate Athletic Association is investigating allegations of academic misconduct on 20 campuses, the association’s head of enforcement told The Chronicle on Tuesday. The cases are at various stages, from preliminary inquiry to awaiting a hearing with the Division I Committee on Infractions, and they involve a variety of missteps, including allegations that players received impermissible assistance from professors, academic advisers, or people outside of an athletic department. Eighteen of the cases are in Division I, one is in Division II, and one is in Division III. The official declined to name any of the colleges.”

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Puppy Dog Defeats Corporate Hot Dog: Desmond Hague Falls from Grace

I am a sucker for anything dog related. Whenever someone posts a cute picture of a kid cuddling a puppy dog, I am bound to “Favor” it on Twitter or post it to Facebook. I completely understand that there are those of you who don’t feel as I do, but I would hope you wouldn’t dislike dogs so much, you would repeatedly Desmond Haguekick a puppy and then try to choke it. They call people like that “abusers,” and as we shall see, abusers come in all different varieties and are found in many social circles.

In an article by John Marshall for the San Francisco Bay Area Examiner (September 2, 2014) entitled: “Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague resigns over dog abuse scandal,” we get a glimpse into the hidden ethical life of the CEO.

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