There should be a suggestion of nobility and character in professional athletes and sports. It was a sad day for Cincinnati when the Cincinnati Bengals announced their draft pick of Joe Mixon, who punched a woman and broke four bones in her face, argues Paul Daugherty in USA Today. In picking someone whose actions were despicable, the team shows that all it cares about is winning, no matter at what cost, asserts Daugherty. He reminds readers that victory at any cost isn’t the objective and that there should something greater than winning.
Today, more attention is being paid to professional athletes' off-field behavior and whether it should affect their professional opportunities. The answer, according to Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com, is that it depends. As part of a larger discussion about second chances and forgiveness, and what transgressions should prevent a player from reaching his potential, each team should should ask whether the controversial player will transgress again. The bottom line, though, according to Labbe, is whether he will help the team win.