15 Athletes Who Need to Reconsider Their Lives
15 Athletes Who Need To Think About Their Lives
In professional sports, athletes are under a massive amount of pressure at all times. Regardless of who they are, these athletes are under a tremendous amount of pressure to compete at the highest level possible each and every time they go out to perform.
Some players take this pressure without a hitch. As a matter of fact, some athletes absolutely love the spotlight always being on them. And while there are certainly a fair share of players who can do that, there is also a fair share of players who simply can't handle it. Some athletes just can’t handle everyone criticizing their every move, and sometimes, that takes a serious toll on a player.
In some cases, an athlete is under so much pressure that they can't meet the demands laid out for them, and they simply break down. Guys like Vince Young or Royce White are examples of players where the spotlight was just too much for them to handle, and they broke down.
While we as fans deserve a fair share of the blame for heaping the pressure upon these athletes, the fact of the matter is, if somebody can’t take the pressure, then they probably weren't cut out for the big stage anyway.
It was difficult to narrow this list down to just 15 athletes, especially when you consider just how many of athletes need to get their lives back on track. With that said, let's take a look at this small fraction of players who need to reconsider their lives.
We all know the story. Rodriguez, who for years shot down claims of being on steroids, was finally found guilty. Maybe it’s time for A-rod to really start thinking things through.
On Dec. 8, 2012, Josh Brent, a Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman, crashed a car with teammate Jerry Brown inside, killing him. This led to a series of problems for Brent, and while he has retired from football for the time being, maybe he should consider hanging up his cleats permanently.
Aaron Hernandez in just over a year has gone from star tight end to potentially spending the rest of his life in prison. While Hernandez awaits the result of his trial regarding the murder of Odin Lloyd, he needs to spend lots of time thinking about his life.
Once thought to have the potential to be a nice playmaker in the NFL, Titus Young’s string of legal woes have led to him potentially landing in prison for a while. The funny thing is, prison could be exactly what Young needs to get his life back on track.
Former Houston Rockets first-rounder Royce White doesn’t have it easy. With an anxiety disorder that can lead to some poor decisions, sometimes you can’t help but feel bad for White. Here’s hoping he can finally get his life back on track.
Throughout his career, Terrell Owens was always well known for his antics off the field. Even after his retirement from the gridiron, T.O. continues to make a fool of himself with his actions. At some point, Owens needs to grow up.
Warren Sapp is a Hall of Fame defensive lineman, so he must be rich, right? Wrong, Sapp has more troubles with money than the U.S. government, and it’s starting to make him look foolish. It’s time Sapp stops making $100,000 bets and starts focusing on getting his life back on track.
Ryan Leaf was once a top-shelf prospect. Now, Leaf is locked up. What happened? A series of run-ins with the law, including some drug charges, Leaf is left to sit and think about how he can get his life back in order.
While former Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas hasn't had too much trouble with the law in recent months, something just doesn't feel right with him. As he proved throughout his time in the NBA, it seems trouble just follows him around. Let’s hope he starts avoiding it.
Javaris Crittenton is a very sad story. The man simply can’t get out of his own way, and it’s costing him time and time again. It’s possible Crittenton spends the rest of his life in jail, and that might be the best thing for him.
Although Donovan McNabb hasn't really done anything illegal, he does need to consider how foolish he looks when he is out insulting just about anyone he doesn't like. There’s a reason McNabb’s career took a nosedive in the last couple of years. The man needs to start thinking before he speaks.
This one is more of a celebratory story, as Clarett has actually been making major strides forward as far as his life choices are concerned. Let’s hope he can keep it up.
Much like McNabb, Jimmy Clausen has really only run into legal trouble once, and it wasn’t too major. And while he doesn’t make a habit of throwing others under the bus in public, many think Clausen is a bit of a punk. Perhaps he should work on shedding that reputation.
Robert Griffin III
During the 2012-13 season, Robert Griffin III was electric. While he wasn’t too great in his second season in the league, it’s not his play that’s his problem. The fact he is starting to delect the blame laid on him onto his teammates is what is truly troubling, and it absolutely must stop.
Once thought to be one of sports truly good guys, Lance Armstrong betrayed everyone that idolized him with his admittance to doping. Armstrong truly needs to think about that.