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While race does not cause people to commit crime, the absence of any real consequences does” (Benedict & Yaeger, 1998, p. 169). Jackson proceeds to explain how minorities are exploited in sport: Men being used who come out of very desperate straits, having extraordinary, exploitable, commercial talent. They are put on a pedestal in high school . . are recruited for top colleges. Students who score 1,200 on the SATs and make straight As can’t get in, yet some of the athletes get in with lower scores and study less difficult subject matter.

1/341917/alw/r2 against NFL athletes. 2 Drug-related crimes broken Data from J. Benedict and D. Yaeger, 1998, Pros and cons: The criminals who play in the NFL (New York: Warner Books, Inc). Data from J. Benedict and D. Yaeger, 1998, Pros and cons: The criminals who play in the NFL (New York: Warner Books, Inc). down by outcome. 3 Domestic violence broken down by outcome. 4 Assault broken down by outcome. Data from J. Benedict and D. 3/341921/alw/r2 Pros and cons: The criminals who play in the NFL (New York: Warner Books, Inc).

In several cases in which young men participated in gang rapes, everyone who knew them swore that it was not in their character to engage in such behaviors. Fraternities and athletic teams are two groups on a college campus that are ripe for such deindividuation processes to occur. Fraternities and teams represent groups of people who are tightly knit, and individuals within the groups want to maintain their membership. Furthermore, on many occasions alcohol flows freely. Alcohol has been shown to contribute to both deindividuation and disinhibition.

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