Brad Simmons

Athletes continue to throw it all away

Posted April 4, 2009

Why do athletes and celebrities put themselves in situations that can potentially ruin their careers and possibly their lives?

Here comes my disclaimer: We all make mistakes. No one has ever accused me of being Mr. Perfect, nor do I claim to be.

Plaxico Burress shoots himself in the leg at a nightclub with his own gun during the 2008 NFL regular season. If you’re in the middle of the season, why are you at a club and why do you have a gun on you? I hate that he shot himself and put others in danger, but why put yourself at risk?

Donte' Stallworth, another NFL wide receiver, is cruising down a Miami street and hits and kills a pedestrian. Turns out, Stallworth was under the influence of alcohol. He had just avoided being released by the Browns, earning a $4 million roster bonus. So he goes out and celebrates and now Stallworth, just like Burress, face a strong possibility of jail time for their actions.

You would think the fiasco with Michael Vick would have straightened some of these guys out.  Obviously that hasn’t been the case.

These athletes and celebrities have the world in their hands, millions of dollars and lifestyles people dream of, but many times, their falls from grace are self-inflicted.

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