Talented wide receiver Antonio Brown has been the news a lot this year. There was his demand to be traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders. There was the controversial resistance to use a new and safer helmet the NFL required players to wear. Then there were the burns to his feet from a mishap in a cryotherapy chamber that helps with swelling. Tired of the drama, the Raiders released him September 7 before its first regular-season game. He was subsequently picked up on September 9 by the Patriots, whose coach Bill Belichick has a history of using talented but troubled players.
Sports National Governing Bodies provide a highly important and visible service to sports and the athletes who play them. These bodies are responsible in many cases for funding elite athletes, providing coaching and training opportunities, and selecting teams to represent the United States at international competitions.
As many major news outlets are reporting, a landmark settlement was reached recently when Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to women – many of them NCAA athletes – who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Lawrence G. Nassar, a university physician.