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Some Athletes Find it Hard to Keep Aggression in Games

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GREENSBORO — To be the best in the game, coaches instillin their athletes an ability to go hard after rebounds, run over theiropponents, attack, and be aggressive. Unfortunately, that same aggressivebehavior off the field causes problems. At times, the violence caneven turn criminal.

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

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

Colvard says often when the games are over, a player can'tcontrol his aggression, and that leads to problems in everydaylife . While some point the finger at athletes, Coach Troy Davis says ithas a lot to do with the coaching philosophy.

Wrestling coach Chris Tomasic agrees that an athlete's aggressionshould 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 thatgets some athletes arrested.

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

Reporter:Wisdom Martin

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