Professional athletes are some of the most athletically gifted people on the planet. They literally get paid millions of dollars to be really good at one thing in their respective sport.
They don’t have to worry about taxes or bills as they probably have financial advisors, and they don’t have to do any analysis or manage accounts. I’m not saying they don’t work hard, but they probably work their bodies more than their minds.
Whenever there is a pro player getting in trouble with the law over something totally avoidable, it bothers me. I’m sorry, but if you’re getting paid over $30 million a year to catch a football, why are you even giving yourself the chance to get in trouble?
Josh Gordon, considered one of the best wide receivers in the league three years ago, hasn’t been able to play because of his continued failed drug tests for the use of marijuana. This last failed drug test may negate him from ever playing in the league again.
Ray Rice, one of the league’s best running backs, made an almost career-ending mistake with the whole elevator incident.
Johnny Manziel has had a plethora of off the field issues that have left him without an agent, sponsors, and a team. A great talent has gone to waste because of his distractions from partying, and now most recently, a domestic violence issue.
Ravens’ cornerback Trey Walker and Bengals’ wide receiver Chris Henry both unfortunately died because of decisions they made off the field. Walker crashed on a motorbike without a helmet, and Henry fell out of the back of a pickup truck.
Adrian Peterson beat his son with a switch, leading to a league suspension and a loss of reputation among the league.
Ricky Williams hasn’t played well in the NFL for almost a decade. Once considered the best talent in the league, Williams chose marijuana over the celebrity life. In a 30 for 30, Williams claimed that his drug choices made him feel better and playing in the NFL wasn’t as important to him.
There is a 2% chance of a college athlete making it to the pros according to Pro Sport Odds. According to USA Today, over eight NFL players have been arrested in 2016, mostly for drug-related charges and abuse charges; eight players that will likely be disciplined by the team and the league due to their actions. All their hard work and overcoming 2% chances to make it may be coming to an end because of one mistake.
I’m not saying the life of a pro athlete is easy, but I think they should be smart enough to not do a small list of things that can potentially ruin their careers. It baffles me how someone can work so hard at something and throw it all away for one night of partying and one decision.