WalekPeppercomm’s Dmitriy loselevich is a Liverpool fan and a staunch supporter of Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez, despite his Mike Tyson-like biting of opponents. Ioselevich says the public reaction simply isn’t fair. He believes the same holds true for A-Rod.
Do you agree or disagree? Let us know. Enjoy the read and don’t bite anyone at your next meeting….
Luis Suarez bit someone (again) and now faces a potential ban from this year’s World Cup, one that he likely deserves. Biting is no way to play soccer and there’s nothing admirable about sinking your teeth into another man’s flesh just to help your country win a game.
But let’s cool it with all the hateful comments about Suarez being a disgrace to professional soccer. There are far worse role models out there than the diminutive Uruguayan, who despite having made some poor choices in his life is still by all accounts a great teammate and a loving father and husband.
Yet, such is the life of a public figure. Professional athletes, celebrities and politicians are all constantly subjected to a level of public scrutiny so intense that every action—no matter how small or random—is analyzed and debated to death by the hungry mass media until the story swells completely out of proportion.
This is precisely what happened with Alex Rodriguez, who repeatedly faced such scrutiny for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs. A-Rod was a popular target for vitriolic sports reporters, with pundits such as the New York Daily News’ Bill Madden calling him “the Whitey Bulger of baseball, the most wanted criminal in the game’s history.” (Mr. Madden must not be familiar with Whitey’s rap sheet). The reality is that the guy took some drugs so that he could be better at this job. How is that any different from young bankers taking Adderall to stay focused?
Meanwhile, some of the true villains of the sporting world get celebrated for their shameless displays of machismo.
Take for example NFL linebacker James Harrison, who has likely shortened the lifespans of dozens of football players because of his reckless hits. Or famed NHL enforcer Marty McSorley, who has earned an astounding 225 fighting majors by pummeling his opponents into a bloody pulp. Don’t even get me started on Ray Lewis.
Yes, these are contact sports and some mutually assured destruction is to be expected. But despicable human beings permeate every sport, and Suarez is simply not one of them.
There is no excuse for what Suarez did and he should probably seek psychological help for his momentary outbursts of aggression. But let’s stop treating him like he’s Charles Manson in a soccer uniform.
He’s not a dog that deserves to be put down. He’s a human being who made a mistake. He’ll suffer the consequences and then return to terrorizing goalkeepers—this time with his legs instead of his teeth. What more could we ask for?