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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 7, 2015 li shoplifting, making vulgar comments while standing atop a table in Florida State It's that time of year when young athletes are prepar- ing for the next stage in their sports careers. High school athletes who are fortunate enough to get to play at the college level will sign - or have already signed - their letters of intent to universities that have recruited them. The NFL finished its 2015 draft and 256 college football players from across the coun- try will get an opportunity to play pro football this season. There are also college athletes who played basketball, base- ball or other sports hoping to continue their careers after they graduate. With every draft season there seems to be a crop of young athletes who make the news because they made poor choices. One example is Flor- ida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston, 21, the No. 1 draft pick selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was not only known for his abilities on the field, but also for mak- ing headlines for incidents of University's Student Union and a sexual assault allega- tion, of which he was later cleared. Another example is for- mer UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, 27, who allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident after he crashed his car in a colli- sion that involved two other vehicles and left a pregnant woman injured. The UFC punished Jones by stripping him of his title and suspend- ing him indefinitely. This isn't Jones' first run-in with the law. In 2012, Jones was ar- rested for driving under the influence after crashing his car into a pole. These choices athletes make are not much differ- ent than the average person. However, society holds ath- letes to a different standard and when they do something wrong the media shines a big light on it. Money can play afactor. Athletes are being given six- or seven-figure contracts but they don't know how to han- dle their money responsibly. Some will flaunt their wealth. If they run into a legal prob- lem, they'll throw a large sum of cash at it - as do others with money. A lack of a mentor Or a strong role model can be an- other factor in athletes making poor choices. situation. People don't un- derstand that what they are reading or seeing is selective. While we do see the media cover the positive things that some sports celebrities do for their communities, it is not hyped. LeBron James supports But what is it about athletes organizations like the Boys and their personal lives that generates so much talk and discussion? A lot of it has to do with the media. Sports gets the majority of news coverage around the world. Over the years there have been athletes who have been known for drinking, drugs or some other behaviors that seem outlandish. Babe Ruth liked to drink and woman- ize but folks didn't see it as much of a big deal as we do now. There also wasn't the immediacy of the news or hundreds of media outlets like we have today. If fans saw Ruth at a bar, they didn't have digital devices to cap- ture pictures or video of the "Great Bambino" downing a pitcher of beer. Now athletes like Floyd Mayweather post something on social media and every sports website will run a story with their own spin on it without taking the time to analyze the whole and Girls Club of America and Children's Defense Fund - as well as his own LeBron James Family Foundation - yet many websites would rather focus on his relationship with Cavaliers teammate Kevin Love. As young athletes get ready to take the next step, we at the Cheney Free Press hope they seek some strong mentoring and keep their nose clean. For those with money, we hope they do something good with it and give back to their com- munities. We would also like to see media balance their coverage of the bad stuff with some of the good things that athletes do. We understand the bad stuff is out there and people are more inclined to read about it. There's that old jour- nalism saying, "If it bleeds, it leads." However, the bad stuff doesn't make the good stuff any less important. Write to the Point iscoverin ere hington, D.C. By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Bring up Washington, D.C. these days and it can elicit, among others things, a gag reflex. But that's the D.C. we all know from the media who report the dys- functional con- nection associ- ated with the Paul Delaney city that is central to virtually all things government in this nation. Defining "the other Wash- ington," is an important dis- tinction. Our Washington is arguably of course God's Country, while that other Washington consists of mas- sive monolithic structures, which, when you see them, certainly can become meta- phors for this city being at the center of our political pit of quicksand. In traveling back to Washing- ton this past week for the wedding of the daughter of dose friends, some of the downtime allowed discovery of a different D.C. FREE SS Vol. 119 - No. 3 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Venus Bratsveen Dawn Chernak Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Bookkeeper/Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Brittani Montecucco, Bill Iffl, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Company, William Ifft, president. 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HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 emall: cfp @cheneyfreepress.com www.cheneyfreepress.com Not all of it helped change D.C.'s outward image, but it certainly was a worthwhile exercise in the old saying, "You learn something every day." One of the neat things was remembering that a family friend might have been on duty withthe Capi- tol Police. A quick message confirmed Alan was on duty at the Reyburn House Office Building. Our calculations of where the proper D.C. Metro sub- way stop for Capitol Hill were a bit off, but how could you go wrong exiting at Judiciary Square? Other than it allowed us to pass by the homeless shelter, ironi- cally just a long block from a high-end Hyatt Regency hotel. D.C. is quite a bit dif- ferent than when it was the destination of a family cross-country car trip in 1994 to visit our friends whose daughter, then 9, was mar- ried in a rooftop ceremony May 2 in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. But when a random gun- man storms in a door to the Capitol killing two members of the police force, a terrorist flies a jetliner into the Penta- gon, or someone successfully evades being shot down fly- ing his gyrocopter, security tends to be enhanced. Which made me wonder as I watched while two guys in a U-Haul tried unsuccessfully to convince guards to allow entrance on a closed street near the Capitol? Our visit was simply in- tended to say hi to Alan and do a little catching up But with nearly 15 years on the force assuring the safety of members of Congress, and See Write to the Point page 6 h world hang For those of us who saw and witnessed that T-54 North Vietnamese Army tank crash into the gate of what was left of the U.S Embassy on today's April 30, 1975, well, let's just say the world changed. I remember well the state- d on April 30 ment of a very senior officer serving in MACV said at the last tactical briefing at the Embassy. It was the end of so-called "Vietnamization" of the war when he stated the problem was that the enemy was led by the George Washington of the NVA - and we got stuck with all the Benedict Arnolds. There were other reasons of course - there always are - at the end of any war. A day for reflection, no See Letters page 5 John McCaUum AI Stover Editor Staff Reporter Main contact for editorial coverage. Cov- Covets all Medical Lake government, ers all Cheney govemment, communi04, community and school district news, as school dLstrict news and events, as well well as Airway Heights news and Cheney as Cheney High School sports. High School sports. jmac @ ~ ai @ cheneyfreepress.com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covets all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington Universily sports and news. Contact for miscellaneous sports. l lalaney@chen