Pro sports leagues strive for balance between discipline, self-interest
Houston Chronicle - 11/22/2014
But with the nature of news, people are given information – true or not – and left to make decisions, long before incidents traverse the legal system.
“That’s the double-edged sword of celebrity,” said Dan Lebowitz, executive director for the Center of Sports in Society at Northeastern University. “You will be tried in the court of public opinion while due process is going on.”
Just over a decade ago, while Kobe Bryant stood trial for rape allegations, he never faced any league suspension. Several times during the season, including a playoff game against the Rockets, Bryant would be in court in Colorado by day and then fly to the Lakers game that night.