After the signing of Vick by the Eagles, Bertuzzi by the Wings, and countless other convicts playing in major league sports, I felt that it's not too much to ask for a code of conduct that excludes felons from playing. Should that decision be up to the teams, or should the league be able to enforce a code of ethics? I am willing to distinguish between
criminals and felons, and give criminals a pass. But spending time in a Federal Pound Me In The Ass prison is too much.
Where do you fall on this argument:
They've paid their debt to society, let them in.
Who cares anyway, play the best players.
I'd rather not support a team that willingly hires a felon.
I'd rather not support a league that allows a team to hire a felon.
I realize this is an academic effort anyway, I fully realize that the leagues and the individual teams will always try to win the most games and/or make the most money. It just frustrates me that major league sports are such a big business (and fans so rabid) that there's almost no outcry against this practice, but Phelps gets suspended for 3 months for a picture smoking pot.