Long gone are the days of former athletes taking the young athletes under their wings and grooming them for a life in sports. Instilling the mindset for handling a life of high profile sports.
The sensationalism of every misstep of our young athletes is breeding a grim future for sports. What are we doing to the athletes of tomorrow? Is Johnny Manziel to blame for Johnny Manziel? Ultimately an individual has to take ownership of their behavior and choices, but were they given the fuel? What can we expect from rising football star Tate Martell?
Long gone are the days of former athletes taking the young athletes under their wings and grooming them for a life in sports. Not just providing the inside connections but instilling the proper mindset for handling a life of high profile sports.
Though his fall from grace has left an everlasting bitterness on the tongues of golf fans across the world, Tiger Woods is a quintessential example. Before Tiger was Tiger, his father groomed him for what he was to become. From the way Tiger was to handle himself at the beginning of his career. Surely Tiger knew money was going to come, but his public disposition and respect he showed others during his success, was predicated on grooming. Same for Stephen Curry of the NBA.
Young people are taking notice of the trends sets forth by the Johnny Manziels of the world. Their mindsets are “hey I’m better than everyone else so I can do what I want, get away with it and no one will tell me anything and I’m dirty rich”.
Is this really what we desire our sports franchises of this country to be 5 to 10 years from now?
For the future of American sports we must get this run-away truck off the road of entitlement and back on the road of respect, dignity and humility. We’re breeding these athletes by blowing up their egos, allowing a Thor complex and throwing millions of dollars at them. When they spaz past reproach and become a Johnny Manziel we blame them and turn a blind eye. Leaving a confused young person out there to defend for themselves.
Here’s the final nail in the coffin of American sports. When these Frankenstein’s start taking coaching jobs at the end of their careers, they will find and treat the next round of athletes the same way they were treating. It will become the new norm. Breeding a never ending media frenzy narcissistic monsters; that because of a few extra abilities than the average man will ruin sports forever.