As a sports fan, I know it takes a fair amount of blinkering to admire your athletic heroes. To paraphrase Charles Barkley (of whom I am fond), athletes shouldn't be considered role models.
But the Chicago Bears have really brought me down today with the announcement that they were "aware" of a recent incident where their newest acquisition, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, allegedly punched a woman in the face outside a New York club. Marshall has also been arrested twice for suspicion of domestic violence and was involved in a fight at a Denver night club that eventually sparked a shooting that killed former Denver Broncos teammate Darrent Williams.
Bears GM Phil Emery, when announcing the acquisition of Marshall, said “When you’re looking at players, you’re looking at...their character, their work ethic, passion, reliability, accountability, the type of people they are to the community."
If allegations against Marshall are true, I don't think they really looked too hard.