MAA501 News Journal Entry #13: Deviance in sport_Jenkins

  1. Title

Police: Florida DB Held Gun to Pregnant Girlfriend’s Head, Shot At Her

  1. Article Source

Police: Florida DB Held Gun To Pregnant Girlfriend’s Head, Shot At Her. (2015, October 14). Retrieved October 14, 2015, from http://nesn.com/2015/10/police-florida-db-held-gun-to-pregnant-girlfriends-head-shot-at-her/

  1. Article Topic

Deviance in sport

  1. Summary

A University of Florida college football player, (defensive back Deiondre Porter) was suspended indefinitely by the college for allegedly pointing a gun at the head of his pregnant girlfriend and firing a shot at her. The player was arrested on charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and felony shooting into or throwing deadly missiles into dwellings, as reported by Deadspin.

  1. Reaction

In this article, we learn of yet another instance where a collegiate athlete made a poor choice by pointing a gun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend. This is an example of deviance in sports because a college athlete in the spotlight for participating in college football acted on his aggression and fought with his girlfriend over an accusation of cheating. There are many examples of deviance that I could have chosen for this post, but I picked this one because of the great national debate involving gun control and the acts of violence occurring over and over again surrounding domestic abuse. I think it is very wrong that people resort to violence and threatening acts to gain control over a situation and I feel that this student-athlete should be severely punished if proven guilty because nothing is going to change in our society if the law isn’t laid down. College athletes are not exempt from the law of the land. If you make a poor choice, you will pay the price.

  1. World Impact (if applicable)

The impact of this story is that domestic abuse is something that continues to occur on all level. Despite many efforts to teach people better communication skills, life-threatening crisis  situations still happen all the time. For why people feel the need to be that aggressive and possess firearms, is beyond my comprehension. The world impact here is that yes, guns are still a problem, and yes, college athletes still make poor choice, though at least this time they are being held accountable.

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