Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, is in the middle of a publicity shit storm you wouldn't wish on anyone. His sons Garrett and Britt, ages 24 and 22, have been found guilty of multiple drug charges while living under their father's roof. Most commentators who look at this nasty situation put the blame on Andy Reid, the workaholic absentee father.
Here's another possibility. Maybe it isn't the quantity of time he spends with his family. Maybe it's the quality. Maybe it's that one of the kids got hooked on painkillers after a football injury in high school. Maybe it's that one of them is a steroids abuser.
Maybe it's not that dad wasn't there enough. Maybe it's that the culture dad is in charge of at work set a bad example for the kids.
Drugs in sports around the world are an epidemic curse, especially in the professional ranks. American professional sports look clean because none of them is making any serious effort to catch any of their drug abusers, the numbers of which probably run in the hundreds.
Any professional athlete in this country who gets caught for drugs by a league sanctioned test does not deserve to be fined or suspended. He deserves to be sterilized for being TOO ROCK FUCKING STUPID TO BREED!
Sports journalists in this country are, on the whole, pimps with the IQs of invertebrates. They won't report what is front of their eyes until the cops bust in, and even then, they will not pass judgment until the case goes all the way through the bowels of the criminal justice system.
As I said in the title, maybe we're missing the point. Maybe absentee father Andy Reid isn't the problem. Maybe all too present father Andy Reid is the problem. Maybe kids who see the system that pays their dad millions of dollars on the backs of drugged up and disposable heroes are learning lessons out of school in the real world, not unlike the education the sons of mobsters on The Sopranos get in the fictional world.
Not that I feel strongly about this.
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