Practicing sports allows people to reap a variety of benefits. Participating in sports helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting the exercise your body needs and can also serve as a stress reliever. Some people take sports more seriously than others and want to pursue a career as professional athletes. Many athletes push themselves to work towards perfection in an attempt to reach this dream. However, along the way many athletes lose sight not only of what they are working so hard towards but also of what is right and begin doing wrong things that eventually hurt them, their loved ones and sometimes even their own reputations.
While trying to work hard towards their goals, some athletes forget what their responsibilities are and prioritize work before more important things. Because they are aiming for perfection, they overwork themselves and pay little or no attention to their family. Track athlete Cortney Jacobs, basketball player Sherron Collins, volleyball player Paula Caten and football player Eric Butler have all found themselves doing this throughout their careers. They are all on the road a lot of the time meaning they don’t have a lot of time to spend with their children and partners. Jacobs has stated that when she’s lucky she gets to see her husband and 4 year old daughter twice a month. Sometimes it’s not the long hours and traveling which causes problems for the athletes and their families. Sometimes athletes are focusing on themselves so much; they act selfishly and carry out deeds that have serious repercussions on not only them, but their loved ones as well. Not caring about the rest of their family, they act recklessly and thinking only of themselves, engage in a variety of misdeeds including adultery. This of course, eventually hurts the entire family. In 2003, Kobe Bryant admitted to engaging in an extramarital affair. His status as a famous athlete meant his young wife had to deal with her marriage...
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