professional arena is usually an area full of changes.In most cases, fame as well as fortune that are involved in playing on any professional sport could really get to someone. It is quite common to have times when things might get out of hand and regardless of the situation, it is indeed true to conclude that there might have been a lot of criminals prevalent in the sporting world over the years with some cases being worse as compared to others. Regardless of the degree of crime, coming from a professional player is quite detrimental to the society. Some of the athletes who have been listed for crimes really have gone past what is the normal crime (Sheth & Babiak, 2010).There are some who committed some acts which are considered heinous which would be hard to imagine that at a point they were considered and perceived in a positive light on the world of sports. It is quite a shame that the people who are regarded as being the role models for the upcoming athletes have at a certain time been convicted of a particular crime, having all participated at the major professional sport.Quite recently, two trophy winners off season behaviors had raised a lot of questions regarding the appropriateness in using athletes to be society’s role model. Normally, athletes work hard and also stay fit but might not always be enough to influence the society, particularly the children in a good way (Tuttle & Tuttle, 2004).
SOCIAL PERCEPTION ON PROFESIONAL ATHLETES7There is the dark side of the athletes which includes the use of steroid, the hard parting lifestyle as well as very poor sportsmanship which in most cases overshadows the athlete’s ability of playing their game. Therefore, for the society, it is usually significant to get the real picture on the influence that the athletes can have on the children’s lives. SportsmanshipFrom a survey that was conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation provided some clear findings on how most of the professional’s sportsmanship had been perceived by many children. About 74% presented that it is quite common for the pro athlete to go to an extent of yelling to the nearby referee (Wylleman & Lavallee, 2004).About 62% presented that it is considered normal to have trash talking from the opponents side and about 46% presented that it is quite unlikely that athletes take the cheap shotsat the opponents. These children also agreed that it was obvious to see the particular behaviors during playing the sports with their peers. This is indeed a spoiled-athlete mentality which might teach the children that there is nothing wrong in fighting, as long as it is meant to get something that one wants.Fan relationship:Fan relationship is one of the factors that can shape the social perception of a certain athlete. Fan relationship entails showing charisma to fans and interacting with fans. Fans admire and prefer the athlete that can share with them and let the fans feel him/her.
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