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40 Law & Psychol. Rev. 345 (2016)
Sportsfluenza: The Result of Not Holding Athletes Accountable for Bad Behavior

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          SPORTSFLUENZA: THE RESULT OF NOT HOLDING
            ATHLETES ACCOUNTABLE FOR BAD BEHAVIOR

                         STEPHANIE   S.E. SMITH
INTRODUCTION
        I apologize for  letting down  my family,  teammates,  this
        organization  and  the fans.  ... However,   words  aren't
        enough.  This is something  that can only be addressed  by
        how  I handle myselffrom  this point on. ... While I won't be
        there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I
        can to support my  teammates  until I'm able to return to the
        field.
        Only  twelve days after issuing the above public apology for violat-
ing the National Football League's  (NFL)  substance abuse policy, Sheldon
Richardson  was  arrested in Missouri for drag-racing in his 2014 Bentley.2
Police clocked Richardson  at speeds as high as 143 miles per hour, and re-
ported that he ran a red light and lost control of the vehicle in an attempt to
evade  arrest.3 When Richardson  finally pulled over and stepped out of the
car, the car and its passengers allegedly smelled ... of burned marijuana.A
The  events of that night demonstrated Richardson's nonchalance  and  com-
plete disregard for the law, reducing his former apology to a mere formality
lacking any true conviction.
        The  public is constantly exposed to news stories about talented ath-
letes, like Richardson, who  are involved in similar incidences of criminal

      J.D. Candidate, University of Alabama School of Law, 2016; Political Science, B.S.,
Middle Tennessee State University, 2013. This note is dedicated to my parents, Stuart and
Susan Smith, for their constant encouragement and endless support. I would also like to
thank Bryan Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of
Law, for the term sportsfluenza.
   I  Paul Schwartz, Jets' Sheldon Richardson Banned 4 Games for Marifuana, NEW
 YORK POST (Jul. 2, 2015), http://nypost.com/2015/07/02/jets-sheldon-richardson-banned-4-
 games-for-drugs/ (Sheldon Richardson's public apology made to the press on July 2, 2015
 after the National Football League released that Richardson would be suspended for four
 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.).
   2  Rich Cimini, Jets' Sheldon Richardson Charged With Resisting Arrest 12 Days After
 Ban, ESPN (Jul. 31, 2015), http://espn.go.com/newyork/nfl/story/_/id/13349610/sheldon-
 richardson-newyork-jets-charged-resisting-arrest; PROBABLE CAUSE STATEMENT, O'FALLON
 MISSOURI STATE DEPARTMENT, Jul. 18, 2015, available at
 http://www.stltoday.com/online/probable-cause-statement-for-richardson-
 incident/pdfd6b87d5b-8802-518d-9c26-3affel 6697f7.html [hereinafter POST].
       POST, supra note 2.
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