We have all seen players in professional sports make stupid and moronic decisions over the years. If this day and age, making mistakes and decisions that could cost you everything in your professional life just can’t happen. That occurred this week with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Chris Rainey. Rainey was charged with assault on his girlfriend and the Steelers decided to release him. It is the kind of move that should get every professional player’s attention.
I just don’t understand the mindset of a lot of athletes who think that they can do whatever they want and get away with it. If Rainey did this and the courts will decide that, Rainey would just join a long line of players who have committed crimes who end up being released by their team and never heard from again. The players just can’t be in a mindset to use their power and aura of a professional athlete to just feel the need to hit or drive drunk whenever they feel like it.
I really don’t have a great solution to this besides continuing to get into the players’ heads about how bad things could become for them if they keep doing these stupid things. It likely won’t change much anyway because a lot of players hear things and they go in one ear and out the other. Maybe this can be a wake-up call for Rainey and players who are thinking about doing something stupid. If you commit the crime, you have to do the time away from the sport you love.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.