Should the Steubenville football program and other programs whose students commit sexual assault be shut down? PursuitAce says the sports are not inherently evil, but if the students being produced by them are doing awful things instead of being upstanding citizens, it should be shut down.
This is a comment by PursuitAce on the post “Meet the Blogger Who Allegedly Complicated the Steubenville Gang Rape Case“.
People always get the sports connections in these crimes backwards. This isn’t about privilege it’s about the responsibility that comes with privilege. Members of the football team should be at the forefront of protecting people, preventing these crimes, and reporting these crimes. That’s how you apply the lessons of the football field to bring power to your life and your community. This situation is like if you sent a military unit to defend a town in your country from an invading force. But instead of protecting the community the members killed the men, raped the women, destroyed the town and then blamed their actions on the poor hospitality of the townspeople. It’s the ultimate betrayal.
Now these people should be stepping forward to take responsibility, defending those trying to get to the truth, and fixing any and everything that may have helped perpetuate these crimes.
If this is the kind of young men that this football program creates then it can be shut down right now. It’s creating monsters instead of heroes.
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