May 10, 2015

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 2 comments

On the one hand, good to put at least some of the onus on adults who should absolutely know better (especially in this case where the guy not only paid for the gear, but then tried to sell the story that he knew would ruin the kid and not him - what an absolute prick), but there's a hanging chad at the end of the article where Fleming (no relation) says:

He said he believes financially disadvantaged players should get some sort of stipend because "many of them can't get a job, for obvious reasons. They're spending all their time practicing."

This is a classic legislative solution - acknowledge there's a disease that is causing the symptoms, but don't actually address that with your legislative powers. There would still be athletes who want money and bend the rules, but it would be nice if the rules didn't push athletes to do it because they need the money. The latter get a lot more sympathy IMO when it comes to rule breaking.

posted by dfleming at 08:08 AM on May 11, 2015

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