Athletes & Their Bad Behavior


Tom McMullen


Our favorite athletes have been known to show respectful behavior and great sportsmanship, but we haven’t gotten a good insight on their bad behavior.

Alex Rodriguez,  A 14-time MLB All Star and 3 time American League MVP, hasn’t made the best decisions in his past. Even though he was already great, he thought he need to get better. Because of chronic back pain and the desire to get better he resorted to taking performance enhancing drugs. The star slowly realized his mistake and what it costed him. According to an interview on the show Undeniable with Joe Buck, Rodriguez said  “I remember sitting there at night at maybe 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning — I probably did this a hundred nights — and I would look up with tears and say, ‘How… did I get myself in this position? I’m the only… that has pocket aces and figures out a way to lose the hand.” according to USA Today.  This deed suspended him from the 2014 season and could have cost him specifically a place in the coveted Hall of Fame, and much more. The baseball star played the last game of his 22 year career in the following 2016 season due to knee injuries.

Michael Phelps may and probably is the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning 22 medals over his swimming career, but those aren’t his only records. Last October, he was charged against his second DUI in his hometown of Baltimore. The court sentenced him to 18 months probation prompting USA Swimming to put a six month suspension on the swimmer. Along with this, Phelps has been seen smoking Marijuana on camera. Over Twitter, he apologized for his deeds and announced that he checked himself in rehab.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is on paid administrative leave while MLB and the Pasadena Police Department conduct separate investigations after a woman accused him of sexual assault. Bauer has denied the claims. Did you know that he was a graduate at Hart Highschool in Santa Clarita. He will not be returning to the Dodgers in 2021 because of the sexual assault investigation. To insure that his team players are not distracted or disturbed by him and the investigation, we may not see Bauer on the field next year. He is still cooperating with the ongoing investigation and is refuting improbable claims.

 Finally, the last and most serious wrongdoing of this article. Aaron Josef Hernandez was an American football tight end in the National Football League. A productive player during his three seasons with the New England Patriots, his career came to an abrupt end after his arrest and initial conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd, semi-professional soccer player, and Hernandez’s friend. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison. In the same year he received a life sentence  and two years later left us, committed suicide by hanging himself.


Even though these athletes behaved in a dishonorable manner, we should also look at the good they’ve done and how they are retaliating for their deed.