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November 6, 2013

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It is a glowing example of how shielding children from the real world results in bigger issues. This offensive lineman is a college-educated man who has two lawyers for parents. He had the smarts and resources to be a Harvard graduate if he wanted, but he decided to go to Stanford and pursue his dream of playing in the NFL instead.

I am not sure what this offensive lineman thought he was walking into, but he is definitely not emotionally equipped to deal with the NFL.

Is it too much to ask a team of professional athletes to treat each other with respect? Yes, it is. That is how it has always been.

I never played professional sports, but I played enough organized team sports to know that every team has its jerks. It happens. Not every athlete is a respectful individual. I refuse to believe that this is the first time that this lineman came across a bunch of jerks on one of his teams. When you are at the professional level, you get professional jerks.

So what do we do now? Let’s put aside the sports contract and the fact that this athlete is a muscular young man who could probably settle this with violence. Let’s look at this for what it really is.

I do not know this offensive lineman personally, so I can only make guesses. But since both his parents are lawyers, I would imagine that he grew up with a very sheltered version of the real world. His youth football coaches were probably hesitant to discipline him or keep him out of the games because his parents were lawyers. He grew up feeling entitled and now he is paying for it.

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