Michael Beasley: Another Example Of Media Negatively Affecting Athletes

Anthony SlaterContributor IAugust 24, 2009

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 12: Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat chews on his mouthpiece on the bench during a game against the Chicago Bulls on February 12, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 95-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Everything has been expected of Michael Beasley from a very young age. That is how life is for top prospects in any sport.

He has had scouts, reporters, and other media members watching his every move since high school.

Michael Beasley has known he was going to not only make the NBA, but make millions since he was 16.

This can create problems in the mindset and mentality of these young men because they are given so much attention at such a young age.

The thing that seems to be affecting him lately is the negative perception he has been getting from the media.

He has heard many times recently that he needs to grow up, and he is not as good as advertised.

All summer he has heard experts say that Dwyane Wade's supporting cast is not good, how they need to sign players that play his position and if that means trading him, so be it.

One thing that seemed to bother him was his omission from the Olympic team tryout that many of his peers were asked to attend.

Beasley has always been confident and probably thought he had more talent than most of the players at the camp.

All of this has created a whirlwind summer for Beasley. One that has turned for the worse with the report of him checking into a Houston rehabilitation center over the weekend.

The way the media is working is almost hypocritical in regards towards Beasley.

Giving him attention all his life has never really allowed him to grow up normally, but now all they talk about is how he is not grown up.

The media scrutiny will only get worse for Beasley with the recent news and this should really test how thick his skin is.

This presents almost an unsolvable problem that is being presented recently with the ever-growing media.

Before these kids barely understand the world, they are given boatloads of money, women, and expected not to do anything wrong.

Michael Beasley's career and maybe even the future of the Miami Heat franchise seems to be hanging in the balance.

The next year or so in his life will prove to be critical.

Its everyone's hope that he will now finally grow up, and checking into rehab seems to be a good first step.

Hopefully Michael Beasley will get his head straight and get his life back on track. From what I have seen, he seems like a very pleasant guy that does not understand why he is getting such a bad wrap.

Coming into training camp at the end of September, he is sure to face many questions from the media about this.

My hope is that the media may take it a little easier on the kid because what they say and do seems to be having an affect on him.

Right now for Beasley it is not about basketball, but getting himself mentally healthy and happy as a human being.