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Aldon Smith made the right move

September 26, 2013

 

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KALEB CAUSEY
Sports Editor

 

When I first got the SportsCenter update that Aldon Smith, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, had been in a car accident and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, I just ignored it.

 

I chalked it up as another professional player going off the deep end with what I was assuming to be little consequence.

 

However, Smith did something I was not expecting last Sunday.

 

He stood before the media, apologized for his mistakes and said he would be seeking help.

 

This was not an insincere apology like a lot of athletes give after they mess up.

 

Smith knew he had done wrong and reported to the front office of the 49ers that he wanted to fix it before they even approached him.

 

As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I have seen a lot of players apologize and move on as if nothing happen.

 

These types of players think their celebrity status gives them an out of every situation. It does not.

 

Kids and young athletes need role models like Smith.

 

He has been in and out of trouble for the past two years, but he has admitted his mistakes and is working to fix them.

 

Professional sports have been starting to look like daytime dramas in the offseason.

 

From Aaron Hernandez to the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, it almost looks like a terribly scripted episode of one of the wrestling shows we watched as children.

 

In this age of a 24/7 news cycle, these players have to start taking responsibility for their actions.

 

Every move these prominent players make is reported on.

 

Given the constant news cycle and social media websites, it makes fan perceptions of athletes more prominent than they were a decade ago.

 

Even though teams might not admit it, fan perception matters when they are considering a player.

 

Fans are the people who buy jerseys, souvenirs or anything else featuring the face of a player they like.

 

This is why these athletes need to take a line out of Aldon Smith’s book. If you make a mistake, own up to it and try to change it.

 

Not only will it help your image, but also it will be an inspiration to the thousands, if not millions, of kids hoping to play on the same field as you one day.

 

Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism  major from Jonesboro. Email comments to ktc013@latech.edu.

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