Society likes to abhor violence as socially and morally unacceptable. Usually, when a professional sports team win a game, the crowd cheers on for their favorite team and the rest of their day goes well. However, people may not realize the teams they cheer for, may also the same people who engage in violence outside the field.
In the latest presentation Mega Monday, hosted by the S.A.VA club (Students Anti Violence Advocate), 3 special guests stood up to speak about domestic violence in sports and athletes. The 3 people are Kevin Fagan, Flavia Siqueira, Miguel Cartanga Reyes and Barrington Alston, two basketball athletes.
Being a coach himself, Fagan believes that athletes should be held accountable to the same punishment that any citizen should face when they commit a crime.
“The punishment should be two-fold. First as a citizen and as a representative of said-institution.” Fagan Said.
Reyes describes the process of becoming an athlete. Before becoming an athlete, you need to prepare yourself for the stress… “We got a lot more to lose if we get yourself into trouble. Sometimes we get that attitude of ‘we deserve it more’ but really? We’re getting our tuitions paid, our books paid…The only thing we need to do is just to be a good kid and do the right thing.”
Reyes also says the worst thing you could do as an athlete is lie towards you coaches—it’s best not to hide anything.
“If you do something wrong outside, then don’t lie. Otherwise, it’s going to be something bigger…social media today is the biggest thing right now.”
Fagan explained that part of the cause for athletic violence was a feeling of self-entitlement. Generally, athletic students have to balance their stress to student life and sports career. Which then causes a feeling of self-entitlement. “
When you are a college athlete, you think you got to do more…You don’t think of the benefits you’re getting as a teenager. “Fagan said. “You just think of the hours you put in…Sometimes you think as an athlete, you deserve more.”
Barrington also did not like being identified as just a school basketball player. He said he has many other interests that do not involve in sports.
“I don’t like how people see me as just a basketball player…” Said Barrington, “I was more than that. I liked to draw, cook and play video games.”
While Fagan believes domestic violence is prevalent on the field of athleticism, he also strongly claims that violence is also more of a societal issue as well. He claims that video games and movies often glorify violence and that it exposes towards children. On the other side, Barrington, who plays video games, does not believe that video games cause violence, but more of a parental situation.
Another cause for violence being prevalent on the athletic field is the constant and deliberate mishandling of the athlete’s violence. Many colleges would look the other way when their student athletes get into trouble.
Karla Wilkinson also asked a question regarding the event of FSU’s mishandling of Treon Harris, a former football player who committed sexual assault and previous felonies. Whether UF (University of Florida) had done the punishment swiftly as a response to FSU’s mishandling up for debate, but Fagan personally believes it has done some good for other school institutes to follow suit.