"The Babysitters Club" was a series of books, that when me and my sister were younger, my sister loved reading them. The overall idea behind the books is basically a group of young girls who babysit. How do I know this? I read the back of the books. But, anyways enough about those random books...there's a new babysitters club that is of greater interest to me, every NFL franchise.
The NFL has made an adjustment to the its player conduct policy. Starting June 1st if a player violates the conduct policy his franchise could be fined for his mistake as well. Why on earth is this necessary? Why are the franchises responisble for what their players do away from the facility? Those are two of the questions that popped into my head as soon as I heard about this. Then I watched SportsCenter and I heard Mark Schlereth and Cris Carter talking about it. I have to say that I most definitely agree with Schlereth.
Cris Carter made some great points. One of the points that he made that really got me thinking was, I'm paraphrasing but, he basically said that when a franchise signs what is considered a "troubled" player it should be the franchises responsibility to make sure that he stays out of trouble. Ultimately, in my opinion, it's the players responsibility to make sure he does the right things away from the field.
These teams entrust millions of dollars to athletes to play these sports. Every single contract in anything in life is a giant leap of faith. Especially in sports. These are all grown men, they should know there's a huge spotlight on them and everything they do. To say that these men need a babysitter is crazy.
As I said before it's all up to the players to make sure that they do the right things. There are some aspects of this rule that I like. It's making teams more accountable to look at how a guy is away from the field, which I like a lot. But once again as I said before those contracts are huge leaps of faith, you have no idea how these guys are going to respond when they're given large sums of money. But, once again, it's all up to the players to make sure they're handeling themselves professionaly away from the field.
People always say the being an athlete is a job just like everyone elses. In what other job would your employer be held accountable for something you do away from your job. Exactly, it's usually just you, the worker, whose responsible. To me this rule is the NFL just trying to jump too quickly to fix a problem, when this isn't really the answer.
Also, before I wrote this I just realized that this is now my 100th blog on this site. But, anyways back on topic what are your thoughts about this rule?