Kurt Busch has joined the list of professional athletes who have been penalized for the good of the whole. Similarly to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Baltimore’s Ray Rice, Busch was suspended on the basis of abuse charges by his former girl friend. The Nascar organization stepped forward and said Busch’s behavior was out of bounds and an indefinite suspension was in order. Hmmm.
This is the same Nascar that weekly features 200 mile per hour racing where kissing the leading cars rear bumper (and spinning it out of control) seems almost manufactured for fan entertainment. So whose behavior is more dangerous?
The answer most likely is “who cares”. The Nascar organization’s response is motivated to prevent the world of “PC speak” from disparaging the racing organization’s image and in some way hurting TV revenues.
It’s all about money. What say Adrian and Ray?
The NCAA has just as huge an hypocrisy coming towards center stage right now. In the world of “student athletes”, the University of Kentucky’s mens basketball team is a scandal waiting to happen. Kentucky has figured out a way to recruit a freshman championship quality team year after year. Kentucky is forced to recruit a new squad each year because their champion players all elect to go to the NBA following one year at Kentucky.
So what’s the pending scandal?
Does anyone think that these student athletes attend any meaningful classes? How many of these students even complete their freshman year? And who cares?
The real scandal of pro-football, pro-racing, and the top level of amateur level NCAA is that they have found ways to generate huge earnings by providing the spectator a riveting and exciting sport products, and sometimes those ways are incompatible with either the world around them.
Spousal abuse is adherent to be sure, but there are laws and a criminal process to prosecute abusers. The NCAA is quick to punish even the slightest benefit that may go to an athlete, even those who come from the poorest of homes. While the NCAA is raking in dollars, it seems to have no problem looking the other way when Kentucky fields an entirely new crop of outstanding athletes each year.
Kentucky appears to makes no effort to guide these students on an academic path.
Sooner or later, the PC police will pounce upon this academically inconsistent behavior and make the University and its coach, John Caliper the villains. Unlike Rice, Peterson, and Busch, there is no criminal process to make judgement on Kentucky. There is only the court of business profits to weigh in on Kentucky’s propriety.