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Athletes and Violence

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Why are so many athletes hitting more than just their opponents?

A couple of months ago,Patrick Roy was arrested after going a little bezerk at his home in Denver. The police say Patrick and his wife were arguing and he got really angry. His wife got scared and locked herself in a room. This made Patrick even angrier. He ripped two doors off their hinges. His wife called the cops, and "Saint" Patrick was arrested and taken to jail.

But of course, Patrick Roy isn't the first person or even the first pro-athlete to be arrested for "domestic abuse". It actually happens more often than a Britney Spears' Top Forty hit. Baseball star Darryl Strawberry, NHL goalie Sean Burke, and Ben Coates of the Baltimore Ravens, have all have been arrested and/or charged for getting violent with their wives or girlfriends

So, what's the deal here? Do athletes who spend the day hammering people into the boards or throwing them to the ground think they can just do the same at home? Or do we just hear about it more because these people are so famous? Well, I think it's because pro-athletes spend a lot of their life being treated differently. When they were young, they were very talented at sports so they were told they were better than other kidz and they got lots of perks.Then in high school and college, the same thing happened. If you're a great athlete it means you always get the scholarships, the chicks, the money, the cars - almost anything you want. These guys are just used to getting what they ask for, so when someone says "NO" or "You can't do that", they go a little crazy.

But I really don't think aggression in sports makes people aggressive or violent outside of sports. It's the same argument that's made when parents or the government say violence in video games or television makes kidz violent - gimme a break. Kidz are smart enough to know the difference between someone shooting someone in a game and shooting someone in real life. And they know the difference between tackling someone in football and tackling someone on the street.

Why do you think there are so many pro-athletes charged with domestic violence? Are there really that many, or do they just get a lot more news and television coverage? Tell us what .

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