I had a deep philosophical discussion with a group of my friends about negative pro sports in our society.

I had a deep philosophical discussion with a group of my friends about negative pro sports in our society.

One of my buddies referred to the NFL as the National Felon League. The latest steroid investigation is yet another dark cloud on the horizon for MLB. I guess if you believe that the world is going to hell in a hand basket then the sports world would provide a negative refill.

I totally dislike all the negative situations that swirl through the world of professional athletes. However, the sports culture is a mirror image of our society. As is the case with politics, nothing seems to get accomplished in a positive way. We are a self-centered society – like it or not.

Several ex-star baseball players actually stated that the rewards of steroid use outweighed the risk of being caught! The promise of huge individual contracts tempts the hand of fate. Let’s be honest, baseball executives did bury their heads in the sand about PEDs for many years.

The NFL has a way of recruiting kids who have come from some tough backgrounds to say the least and offer them instant fame. To top it off, their expectation is for the kids to be able to handle themselves without any problems.

The “model” New England Patriots franchise had Aaron Hernandez tested for his social behavioral skills. His score was one out of 10 – the lowest possible score on the test. The results stated that his personality type was one that would always live on the edge of acceptable behavior in society. You, the leaders of the “Patriot Way,” still handed him a $40 million contract. Do you think that might be enabling?!

Sports figures are told that they are held to a different standard because of their status, fame and big bank accounts. They may have huge egos and bank accounts but a lot of them just don’t get it as human beings.

A question that I posed to my golf buddies was “shouldn’t we as human beings be asking these guys what they are as opposed to who they are?” That should be the first question asked by a pro sports franchise prior to drafting or trading a player. ANY responsible employer would do that. The “me, my, I” mentality will no doubt surface if unable to answer that simple question.

Sports are just another portion of our lives used to cope with daily living. The sun does not rise and set because you have special athletic talents. We need to understand that these gifted athletes need as much help to develop life lessons as they do to develop their athletic skills.

A great quote I found for this article is from politician James A. Farley, “The best advice I can give to any young man or woman upon graduation from school can be summed up in exactly eight words, and they are – be honest with yourself and tell the truth.”

n The local American Legion Wood Bat Invitational had another good run this year. Jim Moran and all his staff and volunteers deserve a great deal of credit for making this event such a success over the past 25 years.

n I hope the Kansas City Royals and Frank White can reunite in a positive way. Frank is a great guy and the organization would do well to maintain him as a positive figure and a link to a successful past.

n Football season starts in a few days and everyone is excited with the new positive approach the Chiefs organization is exuding. I am all about promoting the Chiefs Way!

n Everyone in the preseason polls is predicting Alabama to win another national championship. After seeing their performance in the BCS National Championship game last year, I can see why. They are a machine!

n My quote this week comes from George Matthew Adams an American columnist, “Everyone knows that weeds eat out the life of the garden and of the productive fields. The gardener and farmer alike each has to keep the weeding process alive. It’s like that in the building and developing of character. No one knows our own faults and tendencies better than we do ourselves, so it is up to each one of us to keep the weeds out, and to keep all growth vigorous and fruitful.”

Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net