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Is it the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models?

  • Pro athletes are seen too much to break the law.

    When athletes break the law, it is plastered all over the headlines of newspapers. While they are NOT ideal role models, and should NOT have to act as one, the overemphasis on sports in our society means that impressionable kids see every move these stars make. So, while athletes should NOT have to act as role models in an ideal society, they do have to in this one.

  • We see them all the time, everywhere

    We see these athletes all the time, so children are starting to look up to them no matter what a parent does. The children copy their role models and do what they do. So, if we have doped up role models, what will the kids do? "Monkey see, monkey do"

  • Professional athletes KNOW that they are looked up to by thousands, perhaps millions, of fans.

    Professional athletes and celebrities do have a responsibility as role models. Celebrities and professional athletes are looked up to by this generation and many more generations to come. They need to set the example by saying, "no" to drugs and the excessive use of alcohol. Whether they like it or not they're going to be looked up to by the youth. Like regular citizens in their workplace, we should expect them to act professionally. If you truly think about it, everything all eventually comes down to privacy. The tabloids and press are constantly sneaking around and getting into the athletes private life, which we have no business being in. The athletes may do what they wish, but with the press constantly pushing them, they technically do have a responsibility to be role models. They can't let the journalists see them sweat.

  • Proffessional athletes KNOW that they are looked up to by thousands, perhaps millions, of fans.

    Setting a bad example for all those people is immoral as well as conceivably dangerous for the athlete's fans, who, after watching their role model partake in such activities as extreme alcoholism, child abuse/neglect, and relationship affairs, will most likely have a propensity to engage in those activities themselves, or at least be desensitized to them.

  • Professional athletes and celebrities do have a responsibility as role models.

    Celebrities and professional athletes are looked up to by this generation and many more generations to come. They need to set the example by saying, "no" to drugs and the excessive use of alcohol. Whether they like it or not they're going to be looked up to by the youth. Like regular citizens in their workplace, we should expect them to act professionally. If you truly think about it, everything all eventually comes down to privacy. The tabloids and press are constantly sneaking around and getting into the athletes private life, which we have no business being in. The athletes may do what they wish, but with the press constantly pushing them, they technically do have a responsibility to be role models. They can't let the journalists see them sweat.

  • Professional athletes should be role models.

    The children are the main beneficiaries from positive role models. Fans pay the players through ticket sales and merchandise sales, so ultimately the fans have the final say in how the organization is financially. Too many players are showing up in the news for committing serious crimes, which hurts the NFL’s reputation.

  • Professional athletes have a responsibility to act professionally, as a role model to all those in business.

    I think that it is important to be realistic as to what extent that we expect an athlete to be a role model. I do not expect an athlete to act like my clergy or president, but I do expect an athlete to act professionally, just as anyone with a high-paying job. They should be role models for sportsmanship and for conducting themselves responsibly, as a professional person should.

    Posted by: J Lamb 43
  • I agree because, no matter what you do, you should act professionally.

    When it comes to sports teams, they should act just as professionally as anyone else. In fact, they should act more professionally than others for the simple fact they have more youngsters looking up to them as role models. Unfortunately, many players do not act appropriately, and this does not help future generations.

    Posted by: BoundlessHomer49
  • Yes, I agree that it is the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models, because the average person has to maintain professionalism in the work place by being a role model at their job, so athletes should as well.

    Yes, I agree that it is the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models, because the average person has to maintain professionalism in the work place by being a role model at their job, so athletes should as well. I think this, especially, because they are in the public eye and are paid far more than the average person. They are a role model to many people, kids especially. So, it is very important for them to act appropriately and be good role models. Professional athletes are looked upon by kids who sometimes want to grow to play sports as well. If a pro player acts bad, the kids could think it's cool or okay to do so, when it's not.

    Posted by: I33Iess
  • It is the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models, because so many people and children look up to them.

    Because of the fact that athletes are so much in the public eye, they automatically become role models for people and, more importantly, for kids. They look up to them and what they do. It is, therefore, very important for professional athletes to act responsibly and, in fact, take the responsibility of a role model.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • No, because it's the responsibility of individuals to choose appropriate role models.

    No one has a responsibility to be a role model, unless they choose that role by becoming a parent, teacher or minister, for instance. Famous people like Hollywood celebrities and overpaid athletes are probably the worst role models, because they live a certain lifestyle, and enjoy advantages that are unattainable for most of us.

    Posted by: Th4Fire
  • It is not the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models. Their responsibility is to do their jobs.

    It is not the responsibility of professional athletes to act as role models. Their responsibility is to do their jobs. People who are in the teaching profession or in government should be the role models, because they are representing themselves as leaders. Athletes are getting paid high salaries just for playing a game. Why would anybody expect them to be role models? If they are a good person, they may end up being a role model to someone, but it's certainly not expected from them.

    Posted by: JeffP4ri5
  • No, but they have a responsibility to behave appropriately as human beings.

    As professional athletes these people should be held to certain standards, just like any other working member of society. And, adhering to these standards will most likely make them role model material. Everyone needs to be mindful of who's watching them and behave appropriately. It is never admirable to have a negative effect on another human being. And, we all have a responsibility to one another, not to knowingly cause damage to each other. So, we don't have to force these people to be role models. But, they do need to be decent human beings.

    Posted by: MohaI0v35
  • They are a business, not a role model.

    Professional athletes are performers and should be looked on as such. They are using their talents to better themselves not mankind. If we do not like what they do or how they live their lives, we are not obligated to support them. Children should be taught who is worthy of their admiration and respect.

    Posted by: M4ttGuy
  • Professional athletes are entertainers, not role models.

    When we expect that their private lives are on display and it is the public's' business to know what happens outside the court, field, or pitch, we are inserting ourselves out of their workplace and into their bedrooms - a position we wouldn't accept in our own lives. This has nothing to do with player performance. As Charles Barkley said in a 1993 Nike Ad, "I am not a role model. I'm not paid to be a role model. I'm paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models." Parents shouldn't expect the people children watch on TV to raise their kids for them.

    Posted by: NoIanMu5ic
  • They are to play sports and not to teach our children

    They do not have the duty to be role models. Its what they do for their own reputation. They are supposed to play, for themselves and their country. Charles Barkley said in a 1993 Nike Ad, "I am not a role model. I'm not paid to be a role model. I'm paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models." this is totally true!!!
    ;)

  • Athletes are not role models, they are people and should be treated that way

    Athletes were born and given life the same as everyone else, they work and earn what they have just like everyone else, while yes it would be awesome for an athlete to CHOOSE to be a role model they are not obligated to that title. If you cant accept the fact that they are just like you even if they have more than you are selfish yourself, everyone chooses to support them, your not forced to so dont make it look that way

  • That's not their job!!!!

    When you're a professional athlete, you are not signed up to be a role model. Being a role model isn't part of their job! Playing the game they love. Plus, being a role model holds a lot of responsibility and may distract the athlete from playing a good game. Parents, doctors, teachers, and family members should be the role models.

  • Athletes/Entertainers shouldn't be role models

    Some athletes inject steroids and use drugs. They can commit crimes and i don't think thats a role model. Kids are looking up too a person that maybe just "works" for fans and attention. They could also be arrested for abuse and assaulting and probably doing it for the money and nothing else

  • Your kids, your responsibility.

    Their job is to play their sport. If they choose to be a role-model, that's an entirely different question, however, no one should be forced to be role-models simply because they're in the public eye. There are plenty of "good" role-models in society, it is not necessary to force someone against their will to be one. They shouldn't be forced to pretend that they have one set of values that the majority favors while in reality, they don't. They shouldn't be forced to adhere to a group of people's ideals just because children watch them on television.

    Parents and guardians need to raise their own children and stop relying on public figures to do their dirty work for them. Your kids are your responsibility. This often leads to parents blaming said public figure for their kids' actions or views such as what's happened to Ms. Cyrus, but ultimately your kids' actions or views are the consequence of you not doing your job as a care-taker and instead relying on someone who was more likely than not brought up differently than you. If you're going to rely on a stranger to raise your kids, you no longer have the right to complain when your kids aren't raised "your" way.

    Although, I agree that any illegal activities or overall rule-breaking in said sport should be dealt with like any normal, average citizen. Their title and/or status in society should be completely ignored in the court of law. This happens way too often in our judicial system. We pay too much attention to status and their followers than on the actual crime.


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