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Sports is Like a War Without the Killing

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Posted in Sports by Joel Gross

Ted Turner has a famous quote: “Sports is Like a War Without the Killing”.

Is it true?

Ben Roethlisberger, Kobe Bryant, and Mike Tyson, all among the greatest in their respective sports, show that is definitely not true of rape.

Ray Lewis and OJ Simpson are just the most famous NFL players accused of murder.

Most athletes are able to buy their way out of criminal charges by paying off the defendants or their families in sealed deals.  OJ was the only one dumb enough to get caught.

I don’t think it is really true that “Sports is Like a War Without the Killing”… it’s just the killing doesn’t happen on the field or court, it happens in the bar or nightclub afterwards.

The Benedict-Crosset Study of sexual assaults at thirty major Division I universities reported that athletes commit one in three college sexual assaults. The three-year study concluded that while male student-athletes comprise 3.3% of the college population, they represent 19% of sexual assault perpetrators and 35% of domestic violence perpetrators.

National statistics show that college athletes are only convicted in 38% of the cases they are charged with, compared to an 80% non-athlete conviction rate.  Thank you boosters!