Athletes proving bad role models

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Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter of Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The Broncos won, 24-10. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Lauren Kurtzer, Associate Editor

The drama of Peyton Manning’s alleged sexual assault shows just how little we know about athletes and why we should not look up to them as role models.

Even though there is social media and up-to-date news with the Internet, athletes that we love can and do hide part of their lives from the public.

They can easily not post this or that and not tell what goes on in their day outside of the field or court or diamond.

So why should we have the public, and most importantly our future, the younger generation, look up to these people who have sketchy and bad characters?
Athletes are privileged. They get special cuts ever since they are in high school-I see it today.

Rules do not apply to them, they think they are so special that they will not get caught with anything and therefore do not listen to authorities. They are famous for their physical abilities, talents only few have.

However, there are players with great characters who work hard and follow the rules to a ‘T.’ But when I see an athlete I loved and respected, it hurts me to lose faith in someone and makes me skeptical of others.

The huge downfall of Manning’s reputation is credited to the fact that we pushed aside his college past and put him on a pedestal; we the public need to take in all the facts and acknowledge that we are not going to truly know these athletes.

Bottom line, we will never know who these players we watch from the stands or TV are. They will hide from us, and we need to take that into account before looking up to them.