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Defending Their Lives

Page history last edited by Sue Muecke 9 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to the Past Lives Pavilion!

 

 

In our next class, we will talk about the rhetorical triangle, rhetorical appeals, and more.  The terms we use might be new to you, but I'll bet you're more familiar with the basic techniques than you realize.  We all tend to break out our best rhetorical moves when defending ourselves or justifying our actions.  Now, I could ask you to get into some kind of major trouble and then explain yourself, but WSU lawyers have counseled me against that.  So instead, I will ask you to defend someone else.

 

Choose a public figure or celebrity who has fallen from grace and/or met with some sort of scandal (think of Tiger Woods; former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; Michael Vick; Bill Clinton).  Then defend his or her actions, explaining why we should think better of this person than we do.  Tell his/her side of the story - justify what he/she did!

 

Responses should be a minimum of 250 words. Paste your response into the wiki comment box below.  Your best bet is to compose the response in a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and then paste it into the comment box when you're done. Be sure to be logged in to the wiki (using your username and password) when making a comment, so we can identify whose comment it is.  Responses must be submitted by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 7.

Comments (29)

George Formicola said

at 12:59 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Martha Stewart has been the subject of major scandal and controversy for more than six years now. It all began in 1999, when her company’s shares reached new highs of more than 90% on Wall Street. It was estimated that at that current time, her company was worth approximately $1.2 billion. In 2002, Ms. Stewart was investigated for dealing shares of ImClone Systems despite her knowledge that the company’s new cancer drug was going to be refused by the FDA. Due to this investigation, Stewart resigned from her position as Board of Directors on the New York Stock Exchange.
During of summer of 2003, Ms. Stewart was charged with many felonies, including fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. Seeing all of these convictions occur, she decided to step down from CEO of the Omnimedia Company. Later, during the winter of 2004, a judge cleared Martha Stewart of the fraud charge, but the jury found her guilty in all other counts against her. She was sentenced to spend five months in prison and to pay a fine of $30,000.
Presently, Martha Stewart is out of jail; she is continuing on with her television show and production of kitchen and home products. People should think better of Ms. Stewart because, like many people in this world, when they receive so much power and money, they become a different person and forget all about what is right and what is wrong. She did her prison time, paid the fine that was given to her, and also spent time on house arrest. There is no reason why we should not give this woman, who brings class and sophistication into our homes, a second chance.

Megan Markwardt said

at 1:58 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Lindsay Lohan, known sometimes for her erratic and controversial behavior, may have somewhat of a justification for her actions. Sentenced in 2007 and charged with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Lohan seemed to have learned from her mistakes, but in 2010 she violated her probation by having traces of alcohol in her system detected by her assigned SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet. Her claims were that someone had spilled an alcoholic beverage on her during a night out. Alcoholics Anonymous states that one of the signs of alcoholism is lying about how much you drink. This isn’t the first time Lohan has displayed signs of alcoholism and addiction. In May 2007, Lindsay was charged with her first DUI and checked into rehab claiming later on that the incident was the paparazzi’s fault, saying she was running away from them. On July 24 of 2007, after recently leaving rehab, she was pulled over again and charged with another DUI, driving on a suspended license, and possession of narcotics. Later that day she checked herself into a rehab facility once again. Alcoholism is a disease and should be treated as one. Alcoholics display poor decision making and someone who does not have this disease learns and makes progress after a mistake, unlike the way Lindsay has dealt with her issues. If treated Lindsay Lohan’s behavior and decision making would most likely improve drastically. Without alcoholism holding her back, she would be able to learn and grow from her poor choices and make progress in her life. But, this disease is holding her back and making it very hard, almost impossible, for her to not only control her actions but simply abide by the rules of her probation. Some blame Lindsay Lohan, saying she is irresponsible, senseless, and completely unwise, however Lohan’s actions can be justified by the conditions of her disease. Nobody can be at fault for having a disease.

Alex said

at 2:24 pm on Sep 6, 2010

David Hasselhoff was a huge star. IS a huge star. He’s been in countless random movies/t.v. shows, starred in Baywatch (highest grossing t.v. show of all time), and introduced “Kit” to the world. He even took a swing at boy-toy stardom when he released his own Broadway musical about his life entitled “David Hasselhoff” (he can hold a note definitely, but the overall writing of the music is garbage). Even now, years after the release of anything decent in his career (excluding his role in the SpongeBob movie), comedy central throws a roast of his endeavors. Let’s just say, he’s a big deal. Big enough of a deal that when a video of him being a drunk mess, eating a cheeseburger on some apartment floor surfaced, the media freaked.

Alex said

at 2:24 pm on Sep 6, 2010

This video is extremely appropriate and low-key compared to most of the surfaced videos we hear about with celebrities these days. It’s just a video of a drunk guy talking stupid, eating a Wendy’s cheeseburger. This video doesn’t affect his professional well-being at all. What he does on his own time shouldn’t change how people feel about his acting career. I’m sure most people have had worse nights than what we saw in this video. I think it’s just something to laugh about; nothing to take seriously, yet the media have been ripping on him like crazy. Calling him a washed up alcoholic, no-talent hooligan, and drunken idiot to say the least. All I’m saying, is everyone does embarrassing things through-out their lives. We just need to be considerate, forgive and forget.

Ashley Tannahill said

at 2:57 pm on Sep 6, 2010

When was the last time Mel Gibson was treated with some respect? It’s known world wide that most of the human population do not take Mel Gibson seriously, and some even look down upon him. People say that he’s obnoxious, rude, and ignorant. But in reality, everyone can be sometimes obnoxious, or rude, and even ignorant. Being judged most harshly on his public drunkenness, inappropriate comments, and bold beliefs concerning Jewish people, the past few years have not been Mel’s greatest. True, Mel Gibson’s personality may cause much conflict in the media, but he is an actor, his main goal is to make enjoyable movies, not please the universe. One of the most over used statements fits perfectly in this setting: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, actors included. Just sit down in front of a TV playing Braveheart and tell me that Mel Gibson is not the man. His acting is strikingly passionate. Pick any scene from The Patriot and it is evident that Mel is good at what he does. From Forever Young to What Women Want, Mel Gibson is a charming, sensitive, and career driven individual who performs with such an obvious love for his role each and every movie he takes part in, rather he’s acting, directing, or producing. Regardless of his sudden outbursts, undeniably stubborn opinions, and offensive remarks (which most of us are guilty of) Mel Gibson is a remarkable actor with impeccable talent and deserves to be treated with as much respect as other successful actors are.

Bradley Clark said

at 4:53 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Jon Gosselin is a very misunderstood man. A simple Google search will bring up unflattering images of him with captions such as "He's a Dirt Bag", "Affair with a Teacher", and "Enough is Enough". However, this is only a small fragment of the story. Magazines such as "in Touch" and "US Weekly" who bear these captioned images are not in the fight for truthful journalism, but money. These titles are eye-catching and often result in individuals reading the articles, but they distort the real truth of the situation.
You never see titles printed in bold on the face of magazines such as: "Overbearing Wife Manipulates Husband", "The Struggles of Jon", or "Stop Assuming and Fact Check!". The reasoning for this is simple - demographics. Take, for example, US Weekly (the magazine which shouted "Caught With Other Woman" on it's April 29, 2009 cover). Their primary demographic is women between the ages of 18-35. When a magazine company knows who their primary demographic is and the tendencies of that demographic as a whole, they will cater to their largest audience - which, in this case, is women ages 18-35 who would, in general, grab a magazine attacking Jon Gosselin for being a scum bag much quicker than a cover which either defended Jon or attacked Kate Gosselin (Jon Gosselin's ex-wife).
Even when the magazine titles and demographics are put aside, there is the seldom spoken topic of Kate Gosselin and the treatment of her husband, Jon. I, like most, have seen enough of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" - the show that brought the couple to fame (and Jon Gosselin to infamy) - to realize that the show could have been more accurately entitled "Kate Plus 9" to show the true colors of Kate's treatment of her husband. One can only imagine how stressful raising eight children could be, and Kate should have treated her husband as a co-captain of the Gosselin team rather than one of the members in need of constant delegation.

Bradley Clark said

at 4:53 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Now, this article is not to say that Jon is without fault. He did have his shortcomings as well, with the most obvious of all being that he was married too young. He still had the mindset of a 20-something-year-old male, but was thrown twins by age twenty-three and a set of sextuplets before his twenty-eighth birthday. While Kate may have manipulated and convinced Jon to marry before he was ready, ultimately, it was his choice to say "I do". While Jon did have several falling-outs after his divorce on December 18, 2009, light needs to be shed on the situation as a whole before any judgment should be passed.

Melinda Klakulak said

at 6:48 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Lindsay Lohan was a very well respected childhood actress. She was a star in many Disney movies including The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Many people looked at her as a role model and a good influence to young girls with dreams of being successful; however, in the past year all that has changed. Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of jail and rehab for things such as drinking and driving. There are many things that have changed her life for the worst.
But are things as bad as they seem? Is she totally to blame or was the way she was brought up have an influence on her actions today? Being a childhood star is a very hard job. Growing up Lindsay Lohan was never given a normal childhood. The media always followed her every move and to this day they are still doing that. Being watched every minute puts a lot of pressure on someone to be perfect which is impossible for every human. Although some of her actions were wrong, it is not as bad as the media makes it out to be. The media always takes a story and twist it around to have a better and more interesting story, even if it means hurting someone else’s life.
Today Lindsay Lohan is out of rehab and trying to put her life back together. She has new goals for herself; one of them is to be a Disney star again. She is trying to become the roll model that she once was. Her actions were wrong in many ways but also not as bad as the media makes them out to be. Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance at life. Lindsay Lohan’s mistakes were more publicized then that average person because of her childhood fame. The main thing is that today she is pulling herself together and making drastic improvements in her life.

Nick Stilson said

at 7:33 pm on Sep 6, 2010

He won seven Cy Young Awards, his win-loss record is 354-184, he has earned 4,672 strikeouts and he is a two time World Series champion. So what could possibly have brought Roger Clemens into the world of shunned sports stars? He was accused of using steroids during the latter part of his career which of course is going to get people wondering, just how long has Clemens been using steroids? There is no way to be certain just how long he has been using steroids or even if he has used steroids, the only evidence that has been found is former teammates and fellow ballplayers. Of course the people accusing Clemens of using steroids are people that have been tried and convicted of using steroids themselves. Another group of people that are accusing Clemens of using steroids are former strength coaches, ironically however, these people have also been accused of actually giving players steroids while telling the players that the substance was another type of ordinary drug commonly used and allowed in Major League Baseball. Moving onto scientific evidence Randy Hendricks, an attorney of Clemens, pointed out that Clemens pitching statistics showed no improvement of performance as seen in other players whose statistics changed quite noticeably. To further defend Clemens it has been noted that Clemens was not a part of the 100 players that tested positive on a performance-enhancing drug test. Unfortunately for Clemens he has been accused of lying to Congress under oath about the issue and the case had been taken over by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A federal grand jury convicted Clemens on making false statements to Congress. Clemens has yet to been indicted on any count of actually using steroids during any MLB season so there is really no reason to discount his amazing MLB record. As far as I can tell he won those games under his own power without any type of performance enhancer.

Andrew Cox said

at 9:26 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Pete Rose was an iconic major league baseball player who set many records in his career. 4,256 hits, 3,562 games played, 14,053 at bats, and 10,328 outs. For 23 years Pete Rose drove oppositions crazy while gaining many friends and loyal fans. People looked at him as a hero and someone who they wanted to be like, now everything that he has achieved is just a recent blur behind what happened after his career. Like many other celebrities he got caught up in his fame and made a major mistake that changed his life. With numbers like that shouldn’t he be in the hall of fame? Well that is up to major league baseball and they say NO WAY!! Pete Rose is not a hall of famer and has a black cloud above his head because he bet on baseball. The thing that many people don’t get it he didn’t bet on baseball when he was playing, he bet on baseball when he was managing. I don’t completely agree with it. He never bet against his team and he should not be punished by major league baseball for something he did after his brilliant career. Gambling is a major problem in sports and it happens everywhere. I think that If you use steroids or cheat during a game or career then you should be punished from the ultimate stage of a professional athlete in the hall of fame. What Pete Rose did was not cheating, no way shape or form did he cheat. He gambled but he is treated worse than a cheater. Pete Rose will probably never see the day he gets enshrined in the hall of fame if it ever happens. Major League Baseball needs to realize he was the best player to play the game look around what happened after his playing career.

Hannah Selewski said

at 9:32 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Bernard Madoff, responsible for one of the most devastating Ponzi schemes in history, is currently serving one-hundred and fifty years (maximum time allowed) at Butner Federal Correctional Institution. Madoff had admitted to starting up this Ponzi scheme in the early 1990‘s, but federal investigators have evidence to believe it had begun as early as the 1980‘s. In March 2009, he was charged with eleven Federal crimes. Some of the charges included securities and investment advisor fraud, and money laundering, which are some of the top crimes associated with this offense. The estimated loss of the people who had invested in Madoff’s scheme was eighteen billion dollars. Prior to this white-collar scandal, Madoff was a former stock broker, financial advisor, and non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market. This once respected stock broker had not only acted as a white-collar criminal, but his greed became the number one priority over everything else in his life. One might think unethical behavior on such a grand scale as this, may have been a basic mistake that had blown out of proportion, turning a Wall Street image into a federal criminal. Thus, leaving Bernard Madoff digging his own grave so deep that there was no other alternative but to admit to eleven counts of fraud.

Mohamad Kaakarli said

at 10:54 pm on Sep 6, 2010

Celebrities, politicians, and sports stars play a big role in our society, they write our written and unwritten laws. Even the least interested people know the “ins and outs” of Hollywood. This is why it is crucial they act as perfect role models. Occasionally one or two stars may slip and make a serious mistake. When this is the case, this celeb is showered by media coverage and public shame whether justified or not.
On June 13, 2005, Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges pressed on him during an intensive trial. Each of the charges were extremely serious and could have tallied to a total of 20 years in prison. These charges included child molestation, attempted child molestation, conspiracy, and lastly providing alcohol to minors.
Even after Michael Jackson was acquitted, former fans and many of the international population shunned Jackson. Former fans removed his music from their music libraries and showed no respect for him. The aftermath of the trial tore Jackson fans into two parties, believers in his innocence and disbelievers. TV shows such as “South Park” dedicated whole episodes ripping on him.
Jackson was proved innocent through a court of law, as he should be by the public. Proclamations may have been announced of him as an evil doer, but these proclamations are foolish, unjustified, and a waste of a specific family’s 15 minutes of fame. Now that the King of Pop has passed away, one can only hope his dark cloud has too.

James Logan said

at 10:59 pm on Sep 6, 2010

For many years, Michael Vick had exemplified a very talented individual on the football field. He had worldwide recognition having been on numerous billboards and being endorsed by many companies. Michael Vick was an iconic figure and had millions of fans. Many children around the world who had dreams and the strongest aspirations of playing in the National Football League had emulated Michael Vick for everything that he had accomplished on and off of the field. Michael Vick was at one time noted for all of these things until he fell from grace with his involvement in illegal dog fighting rings.
Dog fighting and the inhumane treatment of animals is wrong and completely unacceptable. Michael Vick cannot be excused for his previous behavior but he can be forgiven and granted a second chance. First of all, he has admitted his guilt in a court of law and has accepted responsibility for it. He paid for his crime by going to jail and serving his sentence. He not only paid for his crime with jail time, but with lost earnings, endorsements, and a severe loss to his reputation. Michael Vick has tried to rectify his behavior by working with advocates for the more humane treatment for all animals.
Second chances should be for individuals who own up to their behavior and demonstrate a change of heart. Michael Vick appears to have done this. When forgiveness is granted it demonstrates a belief in humanity that people can change. It encourages those that have fallen from grace to live a better life and to build a better society. Michael Vick can stand as an example to other athletes who struggle with erratic and unacceptable behaviors. Through his forgiveness, others and society at large, may also find redemption.

frederick diggs said

at 11:30 pm on Sep 6, 2010

On November 2010, Tiger Woods clashed his black Escalade in to a fire hydrant due to the fact of infidelity outside his marriage. later this year tiger woods apologized in from of the world as well as his wife. Tiger Woods know he has let down the world as well as his family. we all know Tiger Wood has loss a a lot of money due to the fact of his marriage life, of course Tiger Woods would do anything to get his life back on the road again, but some time it take mistake to be make to understand what you had in life. Tiger woods has loss the best thing in his life his family every man want to be with their wife, but he know his actions will not let him. Tiger Woods wife Elin, said it is best for him and her to not to be together any more. we all know Tiger Woods is a very good golfer,but we also know Tiger woods has learned from his actions We should move forward and forgive him.

Sean Kozara said

at 12:19 am on Sep 7, 2010

Tiger Woods is one of the biggest names in golf; maybe in all of sports. To this day Tiger has won 14 professional major golf championships. He is the highest paid athlete in the world, having been the first athlete to record one billion dollars in earnings through countless winnings and endorsements. He has been blessed with success and is a national icon. So how has someone who has achieved such great success, become looked down upon by the public eye? And how does his public image become tainted? This is how Tiger Woods got there. It all began the week of November 23, 2010 when Tiger is busted in the press for cheating. It was reported that Tiger was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel a New York nightclub promoter. Several days later, Tiger is involved in an argument with his wife Elin Nordegren and crashes his Escalade into a tree outside his Florida home and is taken to the hospital in serious condition. Tiger releases a vague apology and says he wants to keep this a private matter. Over the next month other mistresses announce that they too have had an affair with Tiger Woods. From here on the rest is history. People begin to lose respect for Tiger and endorsements, like the sports drink Gatorade are canceled. In the meantime on December 11, Tiger announces he is taking an indefinite leave of absence from pro golf "to focus my attention on being a better husband, father and person."

Sean Kozara said

at 12:20 am on Sep 7, 2010

On February 19, 2010, Tiger held a public apology news conference explaining the scandal. He admitted he was wrong and needed help. Tiger Woods has made mistakes in the past and has admitted this. He was wrong for what he did but he is trying to set things straight by entering into a sex addict counseling rehabilitation program. You have to give him credit for this. His strategy to getting his life back on track: “When you make a mistake,” he said, “step up to the plate and take ownership of it.” Woods really isn’t a bad guy and should be forgiven; he’s just had a slip up with the fame and fortune of his lifestyle. Can you blame him for this?

Sue Muecke said

at 11:45 am on Sep 7, 2010

Response from Adrianna Jones:

Sometimes the way we socialize other people as can be bias, prejudice, and even racist. It is human nature to most times think of the bad before thinking of the good whether we intend to or not. Most of the time it's because we are referencing previous stereotypes we've heard or due to past experiences. We talk about everyone whether being of the same race or different. No matter the case, no one is better or worse than the other.
As a humorist, writer, and radio host, John Donald "Don" Imus is famous for is absurd behavior that often draws the attention of the press. His talk show, "Imus in the Morning", is broadcast throughout the United Sates. He is famous for calling people out of there names such as Rush Limbaugh whom he called, "a fat, pill-popping loser". However this time, press seems to believe Imus took it to far. On April 4,2007, during a discussion about NCAA Women Basketball Championship, Imus made a comment that the Rutgers University Women basketball team will never forget. Imus characterized the ladies as "rough girls" commenting on their tattoos, followed by "nappy-headed whores". He added that the girls from Tennessee looked cute and that's when he raised the bar.
What the press fail to realize is that people call each other those and far more worse names each and every day. Yes, it does seem racist coming from the white guy but what about when the black guy says it. It doesn't make the situation better. Imus's agenda on his show is to be funny and he admitted that sometimes they take it to far so he immediately issued a statement of apology. Al Sharpton demanded he be fired. However what Imus did was say something out of line, exactly what we do every day, not try to bring slavery back. It's what black men say to one another, "what up nigger". It's what women sometimes call one another, "slut". It's a way of living in today's society.

Kendra Williams said

at 12:46 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Clifford Joseph Harris J.r better known as “T.I” has been in the public eye for the past couple of months and even the past couple of days. He did just get released from jail on a weapons charge in March of 2010. Recently “T.I” and his wife Temeka “Tiny” Cottle has been arrested for the possession of narcotics, once again everyone is frowning upon T.I. Everyone might say how naive he is for driving around with drugs in the first place just because of the simple fact he did just get out of jail. People are frowning upon him so much, that they don’t even remember the good he has done. The first thing that comes to mind is when T.I had a show on m.t.v called “Road to redemption”.

Kendra Williams said

at 12:47 pm on Sep 7, 2010

On the show he helped troubled teens get their lives together and giving them a fresh start to live out their dreams. In addition to helping troubled youth he worked with the hurricane Katrina victims. He gave away scholarships to single parents at the boys and girls club. In addition to giving the children scholarships he gave away 200 bikes to the neighborhood children. T.I has hosted a music concert at radio city hall in Ney York city to raise money towards building new homes for the recent victims of hurricane Katrina. T.I also goes around to different schools giving students the positive message to stay in school and live out their dreams. With all this goods T.I has done its clear to see the good out ways the bad. Instead of everyone turning their backs on T.I they should be telling to keep his head up and keep doing a great job with these children in the community. We should all give T.I a second chance.

Ciara Sweeney said

at 12:48 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Recently, Tiger Woods was in the media about him committing infidelity while married to his wife Elin. Because of an argument which turn sort of violent the press and magazine spun things out of control. They said he was cheated with some club promoter and when Elin found out she came after him with a club which causes him to crash his SUV. Once everybody found out about the infidelity he comes some more”suppose to be mistresses”. Why wait till now to come with their story or do they just want the 5minutes of fame and some cash in their pocket. Tiger has NEVER been in the media if it wasn’t about him winning golf tournament. He makes one mistake and people just think he is a bad person which isn’t true. He has a learning center for the kids and also golfing designate for young golfer like himself.

Ciara Sweeney said

at 12:48 pm on Sep 7, 2010

He has won plenty championships, tournaments, and did things for his community but still is recognized for that as this scandal. Tiger wanted to keep this private but the media wanted to make this a public issues for what? This has nothing to do with the world or anything that we will benefit from. Most marriage work pass thing like this and some don’t the marriage probably would’ve capable for repair if everybody would have just stayed out of it. Tiger lost a lot of things from this, his marriage, investments, and endorsement deals. So don’t you think he suffer enough from this.

Keiona Harris said

at 1:25 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Alicia Keys, a very popular R&B singer, whose name is now being associated with a ‘home wrecker’. She, amongst other celebrities is being accused of breaking up a marriage. From what I’ve read and heard there is no doubt that Alicia Keys and rapper, Swizz Beatz had an intimate relationship while he was still married. Beatz was previously married to singer Mashonda Tifrere when he began to get involved with Keys. Now Keys and Beatz are married and have a child on the way. I am in no way defending home wreckers, but I don’t understand how people that were fans of Alicia Keys can say negative things about her and bash her, when there are so many other celebrities or important figures doing the same thing. My main point is that if you’re going to hate a public figure because they cheated in their relationship, make sure you hate all people that do. To me, cheating is cheating, so I feel it’s wrong for someone to say that they don’t like Alicia Keys because she broke up a good marriage but say that their a huge fan of Tiger Woods when he too, along with many other important figures have cheated on their husband or wife.

Keiona Harris said

at 1:25 pm on Sep 7, 2010

People make mistakes, but I don’t think one should be judged more than another person is that did the same thing. If you’re going to judge someone, make sure you’re not doing the same thing that you’re ready to hate someone else for.

Dennis Nosis said

at 3:28 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Roger Clemens is a major league baseball player accused by Congress of perjury and use of performance enhancing drugs. With a 23-year span in baseball, he won 354 games, has a 3.2 ERA, over 4500 strikeouts, and set many other records as a pitcher. I believe that Roger Clemens may have used some type of hormone injections because of injuries, but not as performance enhancers. Now whether he did or did not use them I do not know, and at this point, neither does Congress. It is a battle between Mr. Clemens and his accusers. He still claims his innocence and is willing to battle Congress in regards to this matter. With the sport being bombarded with steroid accusations and drug use, it is easy to think that such a good ball player, setting so many records as a pitcher, might be guilty. Our judicial system is based upon "you are innocent until proven guilty," but the press, and also the public, seems to jump on these types of accusations before a conclusion is reached. He has always been a good role model, working with children and also working with many charities, but his popularity, credibility, and character are being challenged over conjecture, not facts. It is hard to prove such an accusation with no real evidence. If you are going to hate a public figure or celebrity for drug use or some other type of scandal, make sure they actually did it first. Hate and badmouthing are the last thing these people need when they are being accused of such crimes.

Fahad Chudhry said

at 4:45 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Fahad Chudhry
Defending their lives
Lebron James is the best player in the NBA right now. He entered the league when he was only 18 years old. ESPN magazine predicated him as the next Michael Jordan, who will exceed all expectations and revive a NBA franchise that has seen many of their draft picks fail in front of their eyes. Lebron James was a 18 year old kid from Akron, Ohio so he was the local kid that was going to bring new hope to the franchise that hasn’t seen playoffs in years. Lebron James was drafted number one in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James shattered all expectations and he took over the NBA in his rookie year as he was named rookie of the year. In his second season he led the team to its first playoff birth in his second season but lost in the first round. This where Lebron James was starting to asses himself as player in the NBA and eventually was named the league MVP twice. All these accomplishments in such a short period of time in the NBA then the decision happened. This July Lebron James decided to sign with Miami Heat leaving his previous team behind the Cleveland Cavaliers behind after seven years of no championship. He made his announcement on live telecast on ESPN and from that point on Lebron James was the biggest hot topic in sports world. Everyone was wondering why he decided to make a decision on live TV and he became the most hated person in Cleveland and many people followed chain of hate. Lebron James became the topic of hate and controversy at the same time with many people just hating him for the way he choose to make his decision on live TV. He was at one point the most loved athlete in the NBA now that he switched teams people want him to fail. He is the Alex Rodriquez of the NBA when he left the Texas Rangers for the Yankees. Now Lebron James will be hated in every arena he steps in now and especially in Cleveland he will never be welcomed again.

Sara Bazzi said

at 6:07 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Defending their lives.

Serena Williams.

The world renowned athlete, tennis extraordinaire Serena Williams dominated the number one spot this past year, it didn’t come by surprise either, it has been her’s a whooping five times, she has sixteen total Grand Slam victories, more than any other woman on the WTPA Tour. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist for the Unites States in 2000 and 2008. The event that unfolded before the eyes of millions of viewers both live and those in their living room on September 14, 2009 during the U.S. Open will be an irrefutable stain on her stylish dresses for the rest of her blessed career. She transformed before our eyes into an ignoble world class player. Williams was called for a foot fault by the line judge, while the score was thirty-forty match point during the semi-finals, she then proceeded to storm over cursing, shaking her racquet, and thrusting a ball in said judge’s face, the worst was still to come when she threatened the judge “if I could, I’d take this ****ing ball and shove it down your ****ing throat”. After her outburst she was docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct. The result was losing the match to a wild card player, when asked in her post-match press conference if she would apologize to the line judge. She claimed “An apology for who? From me? How many people yell at lines people? Players, athletes get frustrated - I don't know how many times I’ve seen that happen.” She later claimed that she “used” to have “a real temper” but “it’s since gotten a lot better.” Ironic?

Abby Constant said

at 11:04 pm on Sep 7, 2010

Defending Their Lives: Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is a world renowned swimmer. With his fourteen Olympic gold medals, the most gold medals ever won by an Olympian, he is considered the best swimmer of all time. His amazing athleticism and popularity were put to the test when photographs surfaced of Phelps smoking marijuana while partying at the University of South Carolina in November 2009. His astounding achievements in the pool were easily overlooked.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Phelps won a record breaking eight medals. He was at the top of his game. After photographs of Phelps smoking marijuana were printed in Britain, his fame and mass fan following quickly crumbled. A criminal investigation resulted in Phelps suspension from competitive swimming, as well as training, for three months. He was also ditched by his sponsor Kellogg’s due to his misbehavior.
Although Phelps is an amazing athlete who receives a lot of attention, one must remember that he is not some kind of perfect super human. The photograph was taken close to three months after the 2008 Olympic Games while Phelps was taking long break from training. After making a public apology, where Phelps recognized his misbehavior and wrong doings, Phelps’ popularity has still suffered a blow.
Fortunately for Phelps, he has never tested positive for any illegal substance. The scandal did not affect his performance at the Olympic Games or any other competition. Phelps was also taking a break from training. Therefore, the scandal did not affect anything pertaining to his swimming career.

Brianne Blankenship said

at 11:13 pm on Sep 7, 2010

In 2007 former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick was brought in front of a court on allegations of an extra- marital affair between him and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty. Both were facing perjury charges for lying about firing an officer for investigating this affair. In 2008 Beatty and Kilpatrick both resigned. Currently Kilpatrick is serving a sentence of one and a half to five years with the Michigan Department of Corrections with credit for 120 days previously served for violation of his probation. Former Mayor resigned from many of his other titles and organizations that he belonged to.
In many circumstances this type of situation is inappropriate when dealing with conduct and politics. Yes. Beatty and Kilpatrick showed misconduct in the office with their affair, but something’s should remain closed and private. I know making this affair public caused embarrassment to his wife and family. A persons education and everything he or she has worked for should not be stripped from them because they have made mistakes. This happens a lot with someone who is in the public eye. They have an image to portray but I do not think it is right being slandered and talked about badly and their jobs or titles they have worked so hard for removed from them.
It is understandable there will be repercussions for violations of a job that may result in being fired but, I feel this situation has completely went over board with Kilpatrick and him being sentenced on federal charges. I am sure Kilpatrick remains a humble person and excepts responsibility for his actions and embarrassment he has causes his family and others.

Nicolette Horsley said

at 10:03 am on Sep 8, 2010

Defending their lives: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was thrown into the drama when it came up that he cheated on his wife. Now, just because he mad a misthc, which millions of people make everyday, why does everyone make such a big deal? tiger has come to terms with his problem and he is very aware of what he did wrong and hes tryihng to fix it. Everyone makes mistakes at least one in their lifes, nobodys perfect. Tiger woods fessed up to his mistake and got help for it. Nobody elses cheating causes this much drama. he shouldn't be looked down upon for it. Everyones business is their own. Nobody should be judged for the rest of their lives over one mistake. Tiger hasa sex addiction that nobody knew about, he has a real problem that people struggle with everyday. He just needed helf for his problems, which he got, so why is it still a big deal? Why is he still being judged? It seems that everyone just takes the next big scandal and blows it up until something new happens. Tiger Woods is a normal person just like everyone else. He breathes just like everyone else, he has feelings just like everyone else. So why are people turning him into a monster? Hes only human. Tiger Woods is an amazing athlete but now everytime his name is brought up the first thing that comes to everyones mind is that hes a cheater and a horrible person. Nobody knows him for his talents and acheivements because of one flaw that was thrown into the public eye. Tiger woods is only human.

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