In Florida nine men were arrested last week for running a gambling ring centering on youth football. How did bettors attempt to influence the outcome? By bribing and paying the young players. Players would be paid thousands of dollars after a particularly pleasing game.
Athletes are largely in denial about their physical condition. From the days of Pop Warner and Little League they accept the fact that pain and injury are part of the game -- they play under all circumstances and fear being seen as a "training room player."