"Professional Athletes Are Not Role Models." Professional Athletes.

The elevation of athletes to role models is not new, said psychotherapist James P. Krehbiel.

from "Why Do We Make Athletes Role Models?" Huffington Post.

"Athletes are a key role model for many people, and they can and should be," said Winfield, "but in an ideal situation they should not be the primary. The parent should be first, the teacher should be second and then maybe the athletes or other non-family members. You can fit a lot of people in that last category.

"Professional Athletes Are Role Models." Professional Athletes.

High-profile athletes are widely feted as public figures outside of sport, as happens with celebrities in other entertainment professions. In sport, though, such recognition is said to come with additional responsibilities, most notably in the assumption that athletes are (or must become) “role models in the community”.

Moreover, in my mind, if these athletes want to continue to be rewarded with the fame and fortune that is unfairly bestowed upon them, they must prove to the world that they are going to be positive role models for future athletes, and those who admire them.

Why Do We Make Athletes Role Models? - Forbes

Expecting athletes to be role models is simply unrealistic. I am not sure why we expect an exceptional athlete to be an exceptional person. Maybe it is because the professional athlete's skills are so extraordinary, it seems natural to expect this ability to apply to all aspects of the person. Maybe it is because the professional athlete is a hero and we expect our heroes to be beyond reproach.

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We would not expect young men or women of any other profession to serve as role models. In fact, these young men and women are just learning the ropes while the role models in their professions are much older.

Athletes of influence? The role model refrain in sport

Taking a more positive view, it is a common refrain that athletes are role models for, or even in, a wider community. However, this taken-for-granted assumption has not been accompanied by research to explore the efficacy of such claims. There appears to be profound differences between athletes’ self-perception as off-field influencers.

Do Professional Athletes Actually Make Good Role Models?

By comparison, some athletes have sought an off-field leadership role, particularly when their status as an athlete provides support to like-minded others.

Professional athletes -- for better and worse -- are role models

So far, no baseball player has chosen to echo the sound-bite sentiments of Charles Barkley. He stirred a tremendous debate when an otherwise intriguing message that urged parents to set the standards for children was lost in the opening line of a television ad in which he said he was not a role model.

Athletes serve as role models to a very large population of fans.

More than 30 years after Barkley’s declaration that he was unfit to be a role model, there is heightened expectation that all professional athletes, whether they like it or not, are role models both on and off the field. But is this a logical expectation?