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VIOLENCE IN SPORTS Steeler running back Rocky Bleier whose war time experiences not so oddly offer some insights To Bleier there are interesting parallels between survival in war and survival in the NFL The experiences with war injuries and football injuries are quite the same he said Casay The injuries that are accumulated during sports are rapidly increasing to the point that there are injured players on every team in each game that is played This is especially true in the most physical professional sports ie NFL and the NHL Most of these injuries are directly related to the increasing violent nature of pro athletes The cost of the aggression -- the punishment -- has to be greater than the benefits said Dr Brenda Bredemeier sports psychology consultant at the University of California-Berkley The latest outbreak of violence occurred in Bredemeiers back yard Oakland where Latrell Sprewell attacked Coach PJ Carlesimo during practice and according to published reports threatened to kill him if he wasnt tradedDetroit Press Pro athletes are committing criminal acts and the law for the most part is letting them get away with crimes Another case of violence by a pro athlete happened recently Ray Lewis was initially charged with murder along with two of his friends for an altercation that happened in Atlanta after the Superbowl on January 31 2000 The three men got into a fight with two other men and killed them Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and Superior Court Judge Alice D Bonner sentenced Lewis to 12 months probation the maximum sentence for a first-time offenderCNNSI This case made me think to myself Would a man facing murder charges with two of his friends be able to walk a free man with no jail time at all and still be accepted by society Pro athletes receive star status by the public and the media encouraging law enforcement officials to look the other way whenever
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