Bobby Petrino and Rick Pitino: Where Do You Draw the Line of Morality?
First Rick Pitino and now Bobby Petrino.
While these two are not the only coaches who have been unfaithful to their wives, they are two of the biggest names and were caught with their proverbial pants down.
Pitino was lucky enough to be able to keep his job, partially because he came out and told the truth when asked about it.
Petrino on the other hand now has a lot of work to do to fix his relationship with his family first and the university second.
These immoral behaviors have certainly been going on for quite some time, but the question has to be answered, where do you draw the morality line?
What is right and what is wrong? While the actions of both of these coaches, and many others for that matter are certainly wrong, in these cases it goes beyond wrong.
In the case of Rick Pitino, he took immoral to a whole new level.
Pitino was accused of having sex with a woman named Karen Sypher in 2003. That is not where the story ends though.
Two weeks later Pitino gave the Sypher $3,000 after she claimed she was pregnant and did not have any money for an abortion. The money was allegedly to help her get medical insurance and not necessarily an abortion.
As a strict Roman Catholic, Pitino broke a few rules of the Catholic church and one of the Ten Commandments.
He not only cheated on his wife, but also potentially helped pay for an abortion. Two big no-no's in the Catholic Church.
Pitino even had it in his contract that dishonesty and moral depravity are grounds for firing.
Bottom line, he was fortunate to keep his job. Petrino was not so lucky.
Like Pitino, he was secretly cheating on his wife.
But it did not stop there with Petrino. He paid 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell $20,000 and also supplied her with a job.
Besides cheating on his wife, Petrino was also participating in other activities that were morally wrong.
The line of morality has to be drawn somewhere. Is it possible to force coaches to sign contracts guaranteeing they will be loyal to their spouse or be fired?
This may seem a little far fetched, but it is one way to solve the morality problem.
One thing is true. If something drastic is not done, this will only continue and get worse down the road.
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