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2/8/2018 3:29:00 PM
Win at any cost?

Superbowl Sunday, Duke versus Carolina, the Winter Olympics, local rec basketball - they are all exciting events. The winners get glory for a few days, and money flows in some cases. Fans of the winners go crazy, endorsements are available. But at what cost?

Was Olympic gold in ladies gymnastics, the endorsements that came afterward, as well as American pride, worth the cost of the abuse of 260 young girls at the hands of the team doctor?

Was the success of Michigan State sports worth the cost of abuse by the same doctor?

I will never be convinced that throughout the years that Dr. (Larry) Nassar was "treating" the girls, no one questioned his methods. Or did they, but were told to "keep quiet, we are winning"? How many people looked the other way as long as everyone he treated was in top physical form? Was victory worth the cost?

Is the will to win at any cost worth the use of performance-enhancing drugs?

What about cheating, bending the rules?

Are all the concussions worth the victory?

What about all the negative, sometimes downright vulgar things parents yell at opposing teams, coaches and referees at our local youth league games? You know, the ones where most every parent thinks their kid should already be playing beside Steph Curry, and if they don't do everything right they get berated. Or it is the coach's fault or the referees' fault. It could be that your kid is so embarrassed by your actions they just want to hide.

Make no mistake, we need to have competitive games. Kids need to learn they will not win every game, which will translate into knowing how to act when they are adults and something on the job does not go their way. They also need to know that when they do win, it is done with grace, no taunting.

I ask again, is winning at any cost really worth the true hidden cost? Translates into local politics just the same, eh Summerfield?

Jason Richardson


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