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RACISM IN SPORTS A GROWING CONCERN Racism happens everyday and everywhere It is a complex issue which occurs at many different levels In sports racism is happening more often and becoming a bigger issue Leagues such as the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Association believe that they are implementing rules which will diminish the occurrences of racism within the league Players feel as though the leagues and associations are only aggravating the problem when trying to deal with it But when we look at the whole picture we see how the leagues feel as though they have to do something since it is definitely not the image that they want to convey to a youthful society as role models A big controversy that is still dragging on is one that involves relief pitcher John Rocker of the Atlanta Braves baseball club Earlier this year Rocker made some derogatory sexist and racist remarks about the city of New York and the people who lived there to Sports Illustrated magazine Since this did not take place during a game and on his own terms the league was stuck in a dilemma Should they take action against what he did or not do anything since it was something that did not take place within the league But since no one else would do anything the league felt obligated to do something seeing that Rocker was looked at as an employee of the league The 22 game suspension the league handed down to Rocker sparked controversy and only made him look and feel like a cruel person If the league had decided not too do anything who knows maybe this issue may have slowly dissipated as time went on If this would have been the case perhaps people could forgive and forget But Rocker was now faced with a new challenge Since he did make remarks toward the city of New
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