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On Sport and Society

2010

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Professional athletes, Humiliation, Tiger Woods, Sex scandal, Public opinion

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Athletes In Confessional Mode, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 2010

Athletes In Confessional Mode, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

What is it about the media, and by implication, the public, that we seem to require a public confessional from our fallen heroes and icons? As I watched some of the Mark McGwire interview with Bob Costas I wondered if it had started with McGwire looking at the floor and saying, "Forgive me Bobby, for I have sinned." I trust it did not, even though it might have added to the ambiance.