29 Nov 2012
Article "Sex Scandal is New Crisis for Troubled French Team", by Nadim Audi, The New York Times, April 25, 2010
What does the article say? (Summary in 3-5 sentences)
The article reports on how three well-known French footballers were claimed to have solicited sex from an underage prostitute. After a police investigation into a prostitution ring, one of the prostitutes informed the police of relationships she'd had with Franck Ribéry, Sidney Govou, and Karim Benzema. The scandal could have larger ramifications for the French national football team as its image is tarnished yet again.
What does the article mean? (Analysis in terms of community or global social, emotional or physical health implications – 1 paragraph.)
Global implications could be how some of these players are very much role models for many people, and having sex with an underage prostitute really is a bad example to many people around the world. This could have emotional implications on the players' lives and emotions, as the scandal could ruin their reputation or image in their society, team, and with their peers. Also, sex with a prostitute is always dangerous because of the higher risk of transmittance of STD's or STI's. These players risk contracting one of these diseases.
Why do I care? (How does this impact me? What does it mean to me? I’ve been there, done that and agree or disagree. Responses here should be 1 paragraph.)
I think that I really disagree with top footballers, known worldwide, soliciting sex from prostitutes. It is defaming them and giving them a bad name, as well as not providing a good example for what their life is like and what they think they're entitled to do. For me, it shows that on the field, these players may be the best player ever, but they are people also and make mistakes as well. Also, it could also show the true personality of some players, and makes me think twice about who to be my personal role model. Also, it is a good reminder that with fame, the world's eyes are on you all the time, so mistakes made at that level are much more conspicuous.