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Bad behaviors should have consequences
May 18, 2015
by Jenni Sebora

All right; that’s enough about Tom Brady and the deflated footballs. Should he be penalized? Absolutely, he should be penalized. How long? Is four games too much? No way.

If the information holds true, that he willingly participated in this decision, the fine and penalty, whatever, should be hefty. He makes too much money for it not to be.

NFL players get paid way too much money, and with this comes increased expectations – or it should.

I know what Adrian Peterson did was something that should not be condoned, no matter what circumstances he grew up in and parenting style he lived with; but, the cycle of physical discipline must stop with the adult.

His penalty included a year of no football. His “crime” did not hurt the integrity of the game, so to say, and was not football-related. He also had other criminal fines and penalties.

Brady’s “crime” was football-related and does hurt the integrity of the game – ‘I will do with the football what benefits my team to try and get an edge.’

Now, I personally don’t know this quarterback. He may be a very nice man, and he may do lots of community service; however, I do know that what he participated in was an act of cheating.

To not give discipline would not set a good example for our younger ones. They look up to these “stars.”

Everyone, especially football fanatics, have their own opinions. We are entitled to this.

When public figures are in a position of power, they are role models to our younger generation.

People make mistakes, but mistakes in character decisions should have consequences.

Our young ones should know that when people cheat or try and get an “edge” unfairly, it will have consequences, and it is wrong.

This will continue to be a debate, until the next time. But, hopefully, we learn from mistakes, and we learn from others’ mistakes, as well.

Since it is nearing the end of the school year and graduation time, I end with this quote from Dr. Seuss, to the graduates, or soon-to-be graduates.

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the person who’ll decide where to go.”


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