Peer pressure cause mistakes or do athletes take risks?

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Peer pressure cause mistakes or do athletes take risks?
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Tue, 06-21-2011 - 5:38pm
http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201106/vancouver-rioter-elite-canadian-athlete-makes-teary-confession

want to pretend we are the judge? How do you feel about this one?

Should an apology with tears be enough for an eighteen year old to cover a mistake in judgement?
Should the vehicle not exploding and no one being injured/killed keep him from jail time?
Should an Olympic team membership keep him from losing his University of Calgary scholarship?

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Registered: 10-16-1999

I don't think he's only sorry because he got caught - I'm guessing he's probably basically a good kid who made a bad choice, and even if he had not been caught would have woke up today thinking "OMG, what the heck did I do yesterday! That was disgraceful and stupid!"

However, that being said, I'm really tired of athletes getting special treatment just because they happen to be really good on the athletic field.

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Registered: 11-28-1999

As you know I'm in Boston and there was a lot of coverage here in the papers comparing our post Stanley Cup celebrations which were generally problem free w/ those in Vancouver, which I just couldn't believe.

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Registered: 04-16-2009

As a Canadian and as someone who has lived in Van and who has followed this event closely..

1- He made a mistake. He will be charged.

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Registered: 04-16-2009

Of course there are plea bargains in Canada.

This young man is not getting special treatment because he is an athelete. In fact, the opposite is true. His parents are thinking about moving from the area because they are being threatened by the internet mob. HIS HOME ADDRESS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED!!!!

He will be charged and sentenced accordingly as a minior (because he is one).

And, by the way,

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Should an apology with tears be enough for an eighteen year old to cover a mistake in judgement?
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Registered: 04-16-2009

Please remember ladies, this is Canada. We do not view athletes as role models,especially high school & university athletes. That is an Americana thing. We do not have full ride sport scholarships, even for hockey.

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<<2- The scholasrship was based on his expertise in his sport.

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Registered: 04-16-2009

Have you ever heard of mob mentality?

There would have been trouble wheither the Canucks had won the Stanley Cup or not. It was a powder keg in Van. Frustrations/alchol/ immature kids trying to impress each other/ "mockey see mockey do" ....Add bikers and political malcontents to goad on the stupid teens...

Just like the G20 riot last summer had nothing to do with politics.. this had nothing to do with hockey.

This young man will be sentenced by the court as a DIRECT consequence of his actions.

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