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Wednesday, December 15

“Are Pro-Sports Violent Because Society Is More Violent?”


Salley and Dickerson share their own stories about fan heckling.

The “basket-brawl” at a recent Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers game has created a major buzz about violence in our society and why it seems to be escalating. Some wonder if recent high-profile incidents in the sports world are just a mirror of today’s violent societal climate. Today Larry poses the question: are athletes justified in retaliating or should they have taken more responsibility as role models?


This sports-loving family of four was taking in the Pistons-Pacers game when the near-riot broke out. Parents John and Toni say their daughters Torrie and Alex were extremely shaken after the incident. After sitting down with the girls to explain that adults shouldn’t behave that way, John feels more strongly than ever that athletes should embrace their responsibility as role models. He also believes that player Ron Artest and the NBA should apologize for the melee.


Former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson and former Detroit Piston John Salley stopped by to give their take on violence in sports. Salley says that he was often provoked while playing in the NBA and that it is somewhat understandable that Pistons player Artest would retaliate. Dickerson agrees that fans can often get out of hand but says that the players should’ve taken responsibility and restrained themselves. Video Clip: Salley and Dickerson share their own stories about fan heckling.


Football icon Anthony Davis has played for the University of Southern California, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams. Davis says he is appalled that a public apology has not been made for the NBA brawl and that the players have set a terrible example for their young fans. When it comes to violence in sports, Davis believes that rap and video games contribute to the violence that is permeating our society.


As the director of the Center for the Study of Sports in Society at Northeastern University, Peter Roby has a thing or two to say on today’s topic. Roby says that the prevalence of violence in the media has desensitized our society and permeated the sports world. He also believes that young sports players who are suddenly showered with money and fame aren’t always given the tools to accept the responsibility that accompanies the role.


While playing on the football team at the University of South Carolina, 23-year-old John Strickland had a shocking end to his college sports career. A much-publicized brawl during the Clemson-USC game kept him from participating in the bowl game. Strickland says that he is disappointed that sportsmanship was not shown and that he doesn’t get the experience of playing in the bowl game. He believes that competitive natures and violence should not go hand-in-hand and that athletes should be held to a higher standard.

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