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Some Athletes Find it Hard to Keep Aggression in Games

Posted November 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— To be the best in the game, coaches instill in their athletes an ability to go hard after rebounds, run over their opponents, attack, and be aggressive. Unfortunately, that same aggressive behavior off the field causes problems. At times, the violence can even turn criminal.

There are many stories of athletes beating their wives or girlfriends. Currently, Carolina Hurricanes Goalie Sean Burke stands accused of that very crime. O.J Simpson, of course, will forever be linked to the beatings he gave his wife Nicole. Baseball's Jose Canseco has a history of attacking women. Some experts say part of the problem is the aggressive behavior that some athletes can not control.

Dr. David Colvard says coaches teach athletes to be as aggressive as possible in order to succeed in their sports.

Colvard says often when the games are over, a player can't control his aggression, and that leads to problems in everyday life . While some point the finger at athletes, Coach Troy Davis says it has a lot to do with the coaching philosophy.

Wrestling coach Chris Tomasic agrees that an athlete's aggression should be left on the mat, but he says there is a bigger issue involved.

Many high school athletes say they are embarrassed by the behavior that gets some athletes arrested.

The problem is not limited to athletes, but since athletes are in the spotlight, their exploits are more likely to be publicized.

Reporter:Wisdom Martin