I’ve written many times about how baseball players seem to be held to a different standard. Here’s a NY Times article about the hell faced by many ex-football players that should give anyone pause:
…. The night that Sylvia Mackey and Eleanor Perfetto first met, back in October at a Baltimore Ravens reception for former National Football League players and their families, their connection was immediate. As she sat on a couch with her husband, Mrs. Mackey watched Dr. Perfetto cradle the hand of her husband as he blankly shuffled across the floor toward the Mackeys.
“Your husband has dementia,” Mrs. Mackey said.
“Yours does, too,” Dr. Perfetto replied.
…. Mrs. Mackey said that she regularly communicates with about 10 women like Dr. Perfetto as they learn to handle their husbands’ dementia, which often begins as early as their 50s.
“I know about 20 in all,” Mrs. Mackey said. “And if I know 20, there are probably 60 or 80 out there.”
This is the world professional athletes live in. A world in which their post-career prospects are dramatically affected by the damage they have wrought on their bodies; the sacrifices and risks they have taken for the game they love. It is all too apparent that the game doesn’t love back.
Next time you hear someone ranting about how bad PED’s are for an athlete, remember what every athlete already knows…. the game itself is bad for athletes.