Hey Chris Rainey, why are so many professional athletes idiots?

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The question "why are so many professional athletes idiots?" is a rhetorical one.  There is no right answer.  But it does create an interesting topic of discussion.

Christopher Arthur Rainey played college football for the University of Florida Gators from 2007 to 2011. He was a member of Florida's BCS National Championship team in 2009. 

In 2010 Rainey was charged with felony stalking for sending a threatening text to his girlfriend at the time.  The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.

The Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League selected Rainey in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. 

Rainey was arrested and charged on January 10, 2013 with a single count of misdemeanor simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend.

Rainey has had other incidents including a recent citation for defiant trespass after trying to enter a casino from which he had banned himself.

The string of bad behavior has caused his employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to release him.

Putting the professional athlete into perspective

A professional athlete in any sport is someone who has worked, struggled, and fought, to achieve a level of acceptance that only a small percentage of athletes achieve.

After achieving the goal of being hired by a professional sports team the athlete is rewarded handsomely for their play. Their careers may be short in comparison to other professions, but for their hard work and sacrifice a profession football player can make very good money. Even a mediocre player can make millions of dollars over a short period of time.

Putting it into perspective, a marginal player like Rainey can make more in one year than an average family makes in nine years. Rainey made $435,000 in his first year in the NFL. The median household income in the United States is around $50,000.

The hard part should be all the work needed to make it to the ranks of a professional athlete.  Instead, for many athletes the hard part seems to be keeping out of trouble in order to maintain their prestigious job,

It will be interesting to see if another team takes a chance on Chris Rainey.  He's already had several chances in the past, and doesn't seem to understand what is expected of him.

We're not picking on the Pittsburgh Steelers for this incident. Stories of professional athletes behaving badly and getting into trouble with the law happens often and the story told here of Chris Rainey is one that is told with different names many times throughout the year.

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It just happens that Chris Rainey is currently in the news and that gives us the opportunity to ask, why are so many professional athletes idiots?