My Remarkably Profound Two Cents

College athletes are real people. How about we start there.

I’m not saying that to make excuses for them, but rather to confess I don’t always think of them that way. I sometimes see them only in the roles they play on espn. That may be especially true concerning women athletes, because I relate even less to their everyday lives and their college experience.

When they falter, it can be easy to simply move them from one-dimensional to two—athlete plus criminal.

Let’s not make that mistake. Let’s keep in mind that this unfortunate news has context we’ll never know, and implications for these women beyond their connection to Auburn University.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t be disappointed. When a student puts on the uniform, he or she takes on an ambassador role. They represent the school and the Auburn Family. Did they let us down? In that regard, yes. Real people do that on occasion.

What’s less common is to respond with humility, and to show grace. Let’s be uncommon in our support, for the athlete, the student and the person.

Josh Dowdy

Josh Dowdy

Josh Dowdy is the editor for Heart of Auburn. He has also contributed to Bleacher Report and College & Magnolia. Dowdy is the author of Orange is Our Color: The Tuberville Years through Navy-tinted Glasses.
Josh Dowdy

One thought on “My Remarkably Profound Two Cents

  1. They are held to a higher standard than regular students. They were sought, recruited and asked to come to Auburn. They were given a scholarship to come to Auburn. They can go anywhere and be a normal student who goes out every night to bars, parties and smokes pot or cigarettes.
    But they aren’t your normal students. They are student athletes. Watched and heralded by children and adults. Someone else was overlooked for a scholarship bc of them. Don’t do something stupid that will ruin your future at Auburn, embarrass your families, Auburn and biological family. Every decision you make, good or bad, comes with a consequence. Their actions impacts the whole team who is trying to do what it takes to get back to the WCWS. selfish and self centered comes to mind when I read about this fiasco. Hope their decision to smoke pot was worth everything they have brought on themselves and Auburn softball and their families.

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