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Commentary: Abuse is abuse and not acceptable

<i>Commentary</i>: Abuse is abuse and not acceptable
Jolene Nacapuy, Sports Editor Athletes are public figures. They should be role models and should not be allowed to play when they have criminal charges pending, whether they are women or men. I think when someone, especially an athlete, is arrested for any violent act, they should be on the sidelines, benched, not allowed to be on the court or field until the situation is sorted out. Hope Solo, the... 

Domestic violence haunts NFL

The National Football League and Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, need to realize the seriousness of inadequately handling the domestic-violence case against Ray Rice, and all involved need to face the repercussions of their actions. The domestic violence incident involving Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer occurred in February and the NFL became aware of it in June when the first elevator... 

Let’s tackle heterosexism

When Michael Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams in this year’s NFL Draft, he made history by being the first openly gay player in professional football. When he received the news that he made it, ESPN aired a long, unedited cut of Sam emotionally and repeatedly kissing and hugging his boyfriend­– a move that was pretty bold for the Disney owned company. Reactions mostly ranged from overwhelming... 

Sam should be judged on talent

When NBA center Jason Collins openly came out as gay in April 2013, it was only a matter of time until more professional athletes would follow his example. Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, came out in a recent interview with the New York Times. If he is picked during the draft, he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL. With the NFL combines and draft slowly approaching,... 

Locker room culture is incognito

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has received a huge backlash from the racial epithets and profane language in a slur of text messages and a voice mail message left for Miami Dolphin’s tackle Jonathan Martin. Incognito left the message in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted. “Hey, wassup, you half n***** piece of s***. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] s***... 

Teams should stop racist names

With our world becoming increasingly progressive, the sports realm is starting to finally get a dose of political correctness, and rightfully so. Recently, the Washington Redskins, D.C.’s NFL team, for those not athletically knowledgeable, has come under a lot of controversy for their admittedly racist name. Although the name has been criticized for a long time, President Obama’s recent remarks... 

ULV athletes take rituals seriously

Elsie Ramos Sports Editor He does not eat the day of a race, but the day before he has to eat pizza, he only wears a certain pair of shoes and he has to wear rubber wristbands while he runs. This is sophomore Matthew Sustayta’s routine that he follows every time he is going to compete in a cross-country race or in a track meet. Sustayta is not the only athlete at the University of La Verne who takes... 
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