Letter for Sept. 21, 2016

Personal conduct more important than statistics

There was a time not so long ago when a Hall of Fame recipient represented someone of highly accomplished achievements in their chosen field, as well as of high moral character.

Reading the paper today, I find that is not the case where the NFL is concerned. Darren Sharper pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 years for drugging and raping 16 women in four states, has been nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame. This is disgraceful!

Playing great football over all else is not the type of message we want going out to our youth. The priorities and principles of the NFL Hall of Fame board are so misaligned, with touchdowns, and passes received etc. being far more important, than supporting a culture of respect for oneself and others.

For Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan to say the Hall of Fame board had a discussion and that their bylaws don’t have a rule regarding exclusion for misconduct, is heinous!

Since the board has the power to change these bylaws and chooses not to, is as much a crime as the actions of Darren Sharper.

Christine Melamed



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