Bob Bahlmann - Staff writer and sports columnist

Bob Bahlmann – Staff writer and sports columnist

 

Politics have no place in sports

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

9-22-2016

 

Politics could be the ruin of sports. I remember as a kid the only time political issues came into play was every four years when the professional athletes from Russia and China competed against the amateur athletes from the rest of the world in the Olympics. Now every country fields professionals. Now politics rear their ugly head in sports coverage nearly every week.

Do athletes have a right to their opinions? Absolutely. Do team owners and coaches have the right to make rules for their employees? Certainly. Do the athletes need to follow those rules? They can choose to follow the rules or go looking for another job, just like the rest of us who work for a living.

I have two sons who work in law enforcement. They have restrictions on what pictures and comments they can post on social media because their lives off the job can affect the image of the department they work for. They are not forced to follow the rules, but if they don’t, they will likely be looking for another job.

As an employee at the Manti Temple, I am held to strict standards in order to possess a temple recommend. I am not forced to follow the guidelines, but if I choose not to,I can lose my job.

I understand that professional athletes think they are better than the rest of us, but they need to be held to the same level of accountability. They are not forced to follow the rules established by their bosses, but if they don’t, they should suffer the consequences and be looking for another job, just like all the rest of us working stuffs who ultimately pay their wages.

The United States of America is supposed to be a democracy, a society where the majority of the people determine what is acceptable and what is not. I don’t think there is any question that most Americans think it is an absolutely stupid idea to allow adult males to use the same restrooms as little girls, or even adult women. Apparently the NCAA has a different take on the matter.

The NCAA recently pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina because the Tar Heel State thinks the same way as most of the rest of the country on the transgender bathroom issue. Just goes to show that having a bunch of initials after your name doesn’t automatically make you smart.

“This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” said the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP). “I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams,” said the NCGOP spokesperson Kami Mueller. “Under the NCAA logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.”

Sound pretty stupid? Yep, just like letting adult males use the same restroom as little girls. “This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation,” said Mueller. “If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how can you have a women’s team?”

I think the NCAA should stay out of politics, and I think professional athletes need to stop using sporting events as a venue for demonstrating their political feelings. Get off your butt and go to work.