A lot of things about sports aren’t perfect, but I can’t understand why the sports informant isn’t held in higher regard.
No one likes a tattletale and I get that, but we treat those who step forward either publicly or behind closed doors and report a wrongdoing just as poorly as the wrongdoers.
Not only do we label them with the term “snitch” as if it is a bad thing, but they are often alienated.
It is a wonder that anyone in the sports world ever comes forward to report an injustice. Is there really any advantage for those reporting a broken rule?
During the recent New Orleans Saints “Bountygate” scandal, in which Saints defensive players, coaches and personnel were caught paying players to injure opposing players. Warren Sapp, former defensive tackle and current NFL network analyst, accused pro baller Jeremy Shockey of being the player who ratted out the Saints organization.
Baseball did the same in the 90’s when the steroids bubble burst. Players, coaches and doctors couldn’t wait to tell what they knew.
When it comes to sports, there is no such thing as a snitch. Those who step forward and speak truthfully on something that is against the rules in order to fix it, are great and should be hailed as heroes. In fact, the term snitch doesn’t fairly describe the efforts of those trying to do the right thing.
They are what I like to call quality assurance. Those people are there to make sure that sports are played as fairly as possible. Those who step up when it’s not always the popular thing to do deserve far better than they often get. In sports, there aren’t nearly enough officials to police every single rule and sometimes it takes self-policing by the actual participants to make things right.
Professional sports are a multi billion-dollar industry. The money and desire to win are monster motivators. I can’t describe the joy I feel watching my team do well. But if I were to know that my team won by any other way than fairly, it would tarnish the victory for me.
The idea that a person who steps forward to correct a wrong is often called anything other than a hero is wrong. Just like there is no honor amongst thieves, there is even less amongst those who turn a blind eye.