I’m a little very concerned about how sports are being played lately. Recently, accusations of cheating and direct evidence of cheating have hit the NFL. Along with that we’ve seen unsportsmanlike conduct and just horrible unprofessional behavior.
The New York Jets organization has struggled with this lately and it just can’t seem to get out of the spotlight. Over the summer, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was criticized by Tony Dungy, former head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, for his repeated use of profanity. Initially, I shrugged my shoulders to the entire incident. Personally, I don’t use profanity but I know others do. I understand that in a sport like football you have guys that need a little more than just a pat on the back. Plus these are grown men out there, not little boys. Right? Wrong.
Yesterday in the Dolphins-Jets game, Nolan Carroll, Dolphins Rookie CB, was tripped as he was running down the sideline by, Sal Alosi, Jets strength and conditioning coach. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that school yard behavior? Yup, it is and certainly should not be happening in “pro” sports. The actions NFL fans witnessed yesterday was one of a string of incidents that have occurred within the Jets organization. During training camp we saw the Ines Sainz cat call controversy. That was followed by the Brett Favre Jenn Sterger alleged cell phone scandal. And tucked into between all of that was Braylon Edwards’ drunk driving arrest.
Where’s the integrity and professionalism? Where are the true sportsmen? And whatever happened to “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game?”
Needless to say everyone is responsible for what’s happening in sports — the fans, players, coaches, front office staff, and the owners.
Now I see why Tony Dungy was so critical of Rex Ryan. If you get the little things right, you won’t get the big things wrong. I hear you coach. It is time to bring civility and honor back into the game.
Good night sports fans,