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5/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Make pro athletes pay dearly

I read a story in the Daily Miner on Monday, May 6, about a 17-year-old boy who punched a referee in the head over a call that the referee made. The referee died later.

What a tragedy! This young man really messed up his life, as well as the referee's family. This will haunt this young man for the rest of his life. There is a good chance that he may serve some jail time, just because of a bad choice he made over a lousy soccer game.

You wonder what made him lose his temper. Look at all of professional sports. There is violence in all of them. These young kids see this and think it is OK. It isn't OK. Professional sports need to be cleaned up. I have seen knock-down and drag-out in all sports. What needs to be done is anyone who gets into a brawl should be heavily fined. Whatever their contract is, the fine should be half of their salary.

I have heard that some players get fined $50,000 for a brawl. What is $50,000 when that player is making millions of dollars? If a player had to shell out a few million dollars in fines, he would think twice before doing a stupid stunt again.

If he was stupid enough to get into another brawl, he would be out of a job instantly.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: ummmm really

i really have to wonder what this, and other kids, who react that way , were raised to be. what did mom and dad teach them, were they even there? Were they the ones yelling at the ref? Were they the ones that just looked the other way? Were they the ones who taught him?

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

You gotta be kidding aren't you? Let me see, if I make $100 million can I afford an accountant? Do I have to obey the law or am I way above the law? Can I spit on little girls and get away with it, etc etc.
Give me a break, I would rather see an athlete who loves his sport first and could care less about the money, but sports is such a big business and they should pay the price for playing a game and making the big bucks...
These spoiled brats move around so much they are not sure of the name of their team and we treat them like saints....WOW!
A lot of our pro players are from other countries and would play for a tenth of what they get but the unions keep it high so they can get the big bucks....and who pays...the sports fan....not me.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

Not to take anyones side, but pro athletes have to spend more money than you think.

For every game they play in a different city/state, they are required to file income taxes there. Every city/state has different tax rates, so an athlete has to hire a accountant to do taxes in every city/state the played a game.

So at least they help put people to work doing their taxes.

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Capt Not so Nice

"Our so called President who hates the rich so much (but hob nobs with them) were serious about taxing the rich he would go after the athletes who make millions, but I'm sure he has them on his "exempt" list."

I guess only you, and possibly Ms Athens, could take a letter about Athletes and their outrageous salaries and behaviors and turn it into a rant against the President. Does your hatred know any bounds?

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice


You are right, but it will never happen as we put athletes right up there with kings and queens and they can get away with murder and are laughing all the way to the bank.
Our professional athletes are spoiled rotten brats and we made them that way by paying big money to go watch them.
I used to be a big NBA fan, but when I saw Lebron James flashing his Satan hand signs or what ever they were during the national Anthem, that did it for me.
Our so called President who hates the rich so much (but hob nobs with them) were serious about taxing the rich he would go after the athletes who make millions, but I'm sure he has them on his "exempt" list.

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