Dressing the Part

I’m more concerned with BEING the part, than looking the part. Until my reputation precedes myself, I’ll do both.

–Anotherschoolofthought

We live in a world more concerned with appearance than substance. I’d rather be it, than look it. But even then a lot of people would not be able to appreciate you for your merit. Thus, I’ll
do all I can to present myself to the world so they can appreciate my substance.

Greed

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American Greed is a powerful show, beyond the stories depicted. It’s been on the air for about 5 or 6 seasons.
The show explores the white collar crimes perpetrated by individuals who value money over everything. The subjects of interest are often times considered intelligent, smart, personable, savvy, along with other positive attributes. It seems to demonized the actions and fall out that the subject of interest caused, then exculpate them from real guilt at the same time because the the justice system is so broken that it enabled them and doesn’t adequately redeem the injured. Thus, the justice system becomes the real problem in that the harmed individuals from these white collar crimes are still left to foot the bill.

The show is justified in identifying the flaws of all elements involved in these crimes, scams, and schemes to enable a person to live a materially rich life, while pointing out benefits of hard work and thinking outside the box or ahead of the times. The show wisely hints and demonstratively shows Americans’ greed as well as Americans’ lack of awareness.

Our justice system does suck, it’s slow, and doesn’t account for innovative crimes that have layers of guilty parties. But, it does show that there is a natural balance that occurs. A multi-millionaire thief will have their deeds catch up to them in the form of jail, family issues, health issues, and death.

The show has taught me to live on the right side of the equation as much as possible. Karma is real. Evolution and change is the only constant. You can’t stay out front or on top forever.

Dear Donald Remy,

Donald Remy. “I hope you’re bad at your job” – above the law

Dear Donald Remy,

You recently said,¬†“student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act” and that there is no existing employment relationships between the “NCAA, its affiliated institutions or student-athletes.¬†This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.

Where do I start? Congratulations for becoming the NCAA’s General Counsel? Do you really believe what you are saying is correct? Can can show us exactly how NCAA athletes do not meet the standards of being an employee? Or is simply stating it, as if it is a fact, enough? Are student-athletes employees of their individual universities? Isn’t your decision to work for the NCAA voluntary too? You don’t have to work there? Where do you think the revenue and money generated come from to pay your salary? Try to cut the line of connection to the players off if you would like, but it is impossible. Oh, are you saying “if you don’t like [playing college sports]..quit” to student-athletes? How many coaches enticed players to sign an agreement to play at their institution? Do you realize that you are taking on the voice of a legitimized criminal operation, see Antitrust violations such as price fixing? Can you see that not treating “student-athletes” like employees is like operating a sweat shop or other forms of oppression like slavery? A free education isn’t free if you are working (by playing a sport) to get it. Getting perks for playing is a distraction, not the value for what is deserved. But you take this position because you must think it is okay because “laws” can be construed and interpreted in a way to support your position–right?

Ultimately, change is coming. And you will regret these comments. Facts don’t seem to appeal to colleges and the NCAA, so there is no point is showing the much discussed facts. Turning to rules and policies created by those with the power, who are effectuating the injustice are not rules that should really be relied on, now should they? See Jim Crow laws. It’s why unions are formed!!! But, if you have a concept and appreciation for history you will know that change is inevitable. This NCAA system is going to change. With that, your comments seemingly lack insight and intelligence that you have. But, your comments definitely reflect your value system of doing whatever it takes for the money.

The NCAA has grown beyond the imagination of those who created it. Maybe not. But as the NCAA is currently, there must be a change to give justice to the players who are producing the blood, sweat, excitement, and other things that the Colleges and NCAA have made billions from unjustifiably without sharing an adequate piece of the pie with the players. Now, when players are seeking to level the playing field, here you come in your hired attack dog role. You lack vision and a moral compass. You’re why people don’t like lawyers.

Sincerely,

A former NCAA Div.-I athlete and lawyer

Life is fair

Life is fair. We all have our problems. And we all reap what we sow. Measuring ourselves by a measuring stick created with certain learned ideals designed by a combination of individuals that didn’t account for your experiences means it isn’t all inclusive. Thus, it should be ignored, adapted, or replaced by you for you. Be the king of your life.

If life isn’t fair, it means someone is cheating…compensate for that. Make life fair or make life cheat for you. We all have that opportunity. Life is fair.