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Many people children and adults look up to athletes as role models They are viewed upon as supernatural beings with many talents and skills The way athletes portray themselves is very important especially to younger children who emulate them Children like to imitate what they see which is why it is so important for athletes to try and set a good example In the articles that are presented in this scrapbook specifically articles about the personal lives of many athletes these athletes have succeeded in presenting themselves as either a good role model or a rather appalling role model Three articles portray some athletes as crime-committing people Some manage to escape the punishments due to the power of money while other are unable to These stories leave a great impact on the minds and hearts of all the sports fans It would not be a surprise if some fans are appalled by these situations In the case of Al Martin people were surprised at his arrest on assault charges He was considered a great guy and has been a model citizen who apparently represents himself well His personal life is exposed to the whole media This exposure can dramatically alter his reputation as a baseball player It is possible that some fans will turn away and others may try to emulate his actions His actions may bring shame to himself as well as to his family and team On the other hand the exposure of this event also brings shame to the media for not leaving his personal life personal Another shocking personal story is of the story that was rendered on the earlier week of March Apparently Ed Belfour offered money to police to stay out of jail His action leaves the impression that he is willing to beg the authorities in order to escape the punishment he deserves This may lead people to think negative thoughts about him and possibly associate
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