Hacked - or perhaps buzzed - players, though, have instant access to the world. So expect more and more charges.
Maybe it's for the best. Maybe it's for the worst. The hope from here is social media - and players' access to it - will scare athletic programs straight. There will always be the $100 handshake and wink - it's silly to think that will ever go away - but perhaps coaches, administrators and donors will now see how easy it is for cheaters to be exposed. Maybe some illicit activity will dry up. Maybe it's led to legislation proposed to paying players a stipend.
On the other hand, we could be in for a flood of stretched charges from athletes, parents, etc. The Sports Illustrated series has received criticism from ex-OSU players and others, but it seems to have been vetted. Ex-OSU quarterback Aso Pogi, for one, said his comments were taken out of context. But the writers claimed to have interviewed 64 football players and staffers. The editors and magazine lawyers are standing behind the series.
Claims not vetted, however, will surely fly in this day and age.
Let's just hope the positive of this day and age, and the social media available, will outweigh the negative.
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