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08-18-2004, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by renberg
This is a breaking of a code. Players shouldn't bet on sports just as Doctors shouldn't prescribe drugs for themselves; teachers shouldn't date their students; etc. With every profession/trade there are tabus and JR crossed the line. (Isn't there some similarity between this and what went on with Habs goalie? The Flyers should get rid of him before he gets into further hassles. Remember JR's past isn't the prettiest. There were some nasty rumors of very inappropriate behavior on his part in Chicago that caused grief between Amonte and him. He's a bomb waiting to go off.
This really isn't a taboo though. I'll bet (hehe) that a lot of other NHL players have also gambled on games in other sports before. Face it. Betting is fun. Why shouldn't athletes have fun in a way that is legal and a way that is a lot better than doing drugs or drinking excessively. JR was under control it seems. The Theodore argument doesn't make a lot of sense because it was members of his family, not Jose himself, that got in trouble with the law. It's impossible for the Flyers to trade him with that salary unless he agrees to restructure. JR isn't the best of guys, but when this story gets so much attention, you know that the NHL offseason must be really, really slow.

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