LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – A report from the North Texas e-News…

LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – A report from the North Texas e-News over the recent suspensions of two star professional athletes from their teams — receiver Terrell Owens from the Philadelphia Eagles and NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kurt Busch from Rousch Racing — points to a trend in which athletes will be increasingly be held to the same standards of behavior as most other Americans, says a sport psychologist with the University of North Texas Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence.

Dr. Justin Anderson says Busch — last year’s Nextel Cup champion — is the perfect example. Hours before he was to race at the Phoenix International Raceway this past Sunday, Busch was suspended for the race and this coming Sunday’s race at Homestead, Fla., after he received a reckless driving citation two days before. Busch reportedly refused to perform standard field sobriety tests and was argumentative and uncooperative to law officials.

“Busch’s record of being Nextel Cup champion and his race history suggest that he is one of the best drivers out on the track, but because of the bad image his behavior portrayed, sponsors and fans do not want to be a part of his team and, consequently, the owner suspended him,” Anderson says.

Read the full report at: http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_30306.shtml

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