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Better East Texas: Role Model Athletes

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By Pat Stacey

There have been a slew of guilty athletes on parade recently. These are big names and many of them are still in motion as it relates to their indiscretions. But we continue to display that, as a society, we make exceptions for athletes.

Former football player Lawrence Taylor received a very light sentence and avoided having to register as a sex offender in a sexual assault case.

Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger received a 4 game suspension for violating the league's behavior policy. 

The jury in the Barry Bonds trial labored over what looked to be a solid case against him.  And then of course there is Tiger Woods who is now back to being the darling of the golf world.  Waiting in the wings is Cam Newton. 

You get the feeling it is just a matter of time before Newton's weakness will be revealed.  There is no shucking the responsibility for the actions of these individuals -  it all rests with them but we continue to see these governing bodies deliver a lighter form of justice seeming to say - maybe they will do better if we go light. 

But these role models continue to disappoint and they are role models, the question is whether they will be positive or negative influences.  Unfortunately, the negative ones are the ones the make the news. 

The biggest disappointment of all is that society is quickest to not only forgive but embrace and even quietly encourage rogue behavior. 

It will continue until we wake up as a society and hold these athletes to an appropriate standard.  When and if it happens, will result in a Better East Texas.

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