If you're a sports fan, it's more than understandable if sometimes you feel jaded about the people who play the game.
Amid headlines about alleged, racially charged hazing, callous social media scuffles between athletes and a sordid history of men and women behaving badly, the resulting malaise can be exhausting.
While the hyper news cycle of the 21st century seems to provide headlines that fuel greater disappointment in the athletes who are part of the sports we love, we shouldn't take for granted that being caught in the act of "being human" can be a good thing.
Sure, the scandalous news often wins the day, but lost behind the arrest sheets and embarrassing, candid moments caught on cellphone video are great examples of athletes who don't just avoid trouble but actively engage in charities and other inspiring endeavors.
These athletes are being human in the best possible way—by working to improve the lives of others in their own communities or in someone else's.