When will athletes learn?
Posted May 20, 2011
Athletes baffle me sometimes, I mean if someone said they’d give me millions of dollars to just work out, play games and stay out of trouble, I think I could easily do it.
So why do we continually see athletes in the news for making poor decision after poor decision?
I bring this up in light of UNC’s Quinton Coples being investigated by the NCAA for attending a NFL draft party hosted by former UNC football players Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn.
Now Coples hasn’t technically been given a million dollars, but he does have a college scholarship and the potential to make some hefty dollar bills next year as he’s slated to go top five in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The NCAA clearly warned current college athletes not to attend draft parties because there may be a huge possibility that a NCAA violation would occur in terms of impermissible benefits, i.e. someone buys you a drink, gets you into the club for free, etc.
Even so, I can get why he’d attend. Coples may not have done anything wrong. He may be just as hard-headed as I can be at times, and heck who’d want to miss out on such a great party right?
It’s kind of like your mom telling you not to touch the hot stove because it will burn you, but you do it anyways and then you realize that dang your mom was right, you got burned and it hurts.
But Coples has been burned, so even if he didn’t want to heed the warnings of the NCAA, did he not see what happened to his teammates last year? Did he not suffer right a long with the rest of the team throughout their plagued 2010 season?
With the era of social media we live in, you can believe everything you do has been documented somewhere whether it be a twitpic, facebook uploaded picture, or a check-in. Why play with fire?
I can only imagine the bombs that went off in the UNC athletic office when they got the call from NCAA about a new avenue they need to explore, with the previous investigation still open.
But to give Coples credit, it’s not just the college aged kids that are having trouble making smart decisions. A recent example, Dodgers Andre Ethier… so maybe they just won’t ever learn.