Athletes in this article are only 15 of the many athletes out there that have committed a crime.

Athletes are held to a different standard than regular people. They themselves believe they are better than regular people because that’s what society has taught them. When we are younger, we are always told that being involved in a constructed organization like sport will help children stay out of trouble. So, why is it that adult athletes are now  so much involved in crime?

The crimes committed by athletes are of a wide variety, from sexual assault to robbery, to murder. But these athletes  only get a slap on the wrist most of the time, compared to what a non-athlete would receive. An example from the above article is Mike Tyson who was a great boxer in the early 1990s when he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl. He was sentenced to 6 years in jail, but released after 3 years. The minimal sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a minor is 25 years. How is this even comparable to what Mike Tyson received?

Athlete deviance is observable at several levels, and range from common “cheating” to criminal. Since athletes are held to a higher standard, they should be even more accountable for their actions because they are supposed to be role models.

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