Athletes Who Indulge Their Dark Side: Sex, Drugs, and by Stanley H Teitelbaum

By Stanley H Teitelbaum

From intercourse and medication to violence, playing, and wholesale conspiracies, scandals are all over in activities. each one of those difficulties is its personal factor, and each case is separate, yet taken as an entire this legal pathology is indicative of a frequent challenge with athletes and accountability. during this wide-ranging and deep-seeking research, psychologist Stanley H. Teitelbaum asks why elite athletes take huge, immense hazards with their lives and careers. Teitelbaum analyzes and diagnoses this culturally resonant set of issues of a decent, severe eye, taking a look at every thing from baseball's steroid abusers to playing scandals within the NBA to the regular flow of athletes arrested for family violence to the homicide trials of O.J. Simpson and wrestler Chris Benoit. A concluding bankruptcy holds activities commissioners and others to job for hiding at the back of a faЌade of lack of knowledge and duplicitous na•vet? in trying to conceal up or defuse brewing scandals.

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Gary Matthews The lure of mega-million-dollar contracts is a dominant motivator for those athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs. After posting a career season in 2006, Gary Matthews became a free agent and negotiated a five-year, $50 million contract. Before the start of the next season, the Sports Illustrated Web site alleged that Matthews has received shipments of HGH from a pharmacy conducting sales on the Internet. When confronted, Matthews categorically denied ever taking HGH. A cloud of suspicion continues to float over Matthews, especially as there is no reliable test for detecting HGH and Sports Illustrated is generally considered to be a reliable source of information.

Before the congressional hearings, Roger made the rounds in visiting members of the committee to present his side of the story. This was an entirely legal maneuver on his part, but symbolically, it also represented a new way to get an edge. At the House of Representatives Oversight Committee hearings, Clemens’s portrayal of his innocence in regard to steroids was severely undermined by Andy Pettitte, a fellow teammate and friend, whose deposition revealed that Clemens had discussed with him his use of steroids and HGH.

Phase II: Acceptance of Reality—The evidence and media reports compel us to recognize that many of our cherished sports stars have cheated their way into the record book. • Phase III: Anger—The necessity of relinquishing our belief in the unequivocal goodness of our idolized sports heroes generates resentment and anger.

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