By: Griffin Silverman
Legacy in sports is an interesting topic. Many may argue that players with a strong legacy are granted advantages within the rules of their respective leagues.
When it comes to the NFL, Tom Brady, who has won seven Super Bowls, seems to get a lot of calls to go his way. No one talks about “Deflategate” anymore. This controversy of Tom Brady deliberately deflating footballs in their 2015 AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts ultimately resulted in him winning another Superbowl over the Seattle Seahawks. While he was given a four game suspension at the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, he was still awarded another Superbowl title. He currently has won seven Super Bowls.
In the NBA, Lebron James, who has won four NBA titles, basically controls every team he is on. To NBA fans, it often appears that he picks and chooses which players he wants on his teams. He has the star power to build super teams because of the high skill level and impact he has had thus far in his career. Additionally, fans argue that Lebron James receives every call in his games. Some people may say he travels a lot. His good friend, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, who also has a strong legacy and often seems to get foul calls to go his way, was recently called out. Patrick Beverly, a strong defensive player with an even stronger personality, called Chris Paul out for his lack of ability to win big playoff games. He spoke negatively on Chris Paul’s defensive skills especially after the most recent playoff loss of the Suns: “Man, CP can’t guard nobody, man. Everybody in the NBA knows that. What do we call him? Cone. You know when you do cones? Like, in the summertime, you gotta cone. You make a move. What does the cone do?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4syOG3krw0). Patrick Beverley continued to discuss how Chris Paul rarely gets calls against him even though he should have fouled out in multiple games.
To many sports fans, popular sports players with a strong legacy behind their name receive favoritism from their respective leagues and referees. These players have put in countless hours of hard work on and off the court to create a positive impact for their sports and the world. They have built their legacies and earned respect that will stand the test of time. This then begs the question, “does the respect and legacy of certain athletes mean they should receive special accommodations?”