Sporting & Ethics: Synopsis

A synopsis on ethics and the sporting industry. Was the treatment of Colin Kaepernick justified?

Families in America gather around religion, holidays, and sports — with some coalescing concurrently (thanksgiving and football) . On a grander scale, the Olympics bring the world together for spectatorship, despite pandemics and war. And similar to how we used to pledge allegiance in grade school, today, as adults, we pledge our allegiance to our favorite sporting teams. Invariably, sports and sporting events influence our thoughts and our beliefs.

Sporting entertainment, and similarly to religion and holidays, wield a high degree of influence in our life’s affairs. For example, roughly 25% of newspapers are dedicated to sporting, and universities realize upwards of 18% increases in college applicants when their teams perform favorably.

With money and viewership comes influence. And sports players have a great deal of influence in our lives, especially considering the proliferation of social media platforms and the broader scope of influence on the sporting industry therein. Fiscal malfeasance, cheating, and drugs have plagued the sporting industry since man discovered pugilism — and will remain long thereafter. Thus it can be conjectured that both ethical and unethical behavior stems from one’s onus or perhaps their motivation within.

Although sports participation has many positive effects for the athlete, it has its caveats. Sporting provides a social platform wherein influencers can sway public opinion. Colin Kaepernick leveraged this very platform to convey solidarity, symbolizing his — and, to an extent, the black communities — misappreciation for modern policing. Kaepernick’s knee during the pledge of allegiance — symbiotically justified or not justified — was largely politized by the media. [1]

Notwithstanding one’s dissertation of the black community in relation to policing, regardless if its public, private, or professional, it is unethical to treat any human the way Kaepernick was treated. And Credibility is a concept granted if people trust the entity requiring merit. The media’s incredulous vilification of Kaepernick’s stance should not have ever occurred, and Kaepernick should still be allowed to ‘throw pig skin’. He should not have been vilified for his standing, and the treatment and management of athletics when it comes to social issues should be adjusted.


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Adel Alaali

Adel Alaali

College Guy, Construction Worker, Curious Mind.