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A new fallout today over a videotape showing the Rutgers University basketball coach hitting and taunting his players.
Quick slurs -- on television.
Coach Mike rice and the school's athletic director have already been forced to step down and the university presidents is now facing pressure.
Over his role in the controversy.
As he holds a town hall style meeting today in Newark.
Our next guest says this case and much of the nation's obsession.
Is completely pointless.
Back to keep that -- as a psychiatrist and a member of our Fox News -- -- team.
And boy you really you really put it out there -- saying here is the truth about sports of all kinds they don't matter to the world.
At all not one bit.
Not an iota.
Why do you say that.
Look the blogs up at foxnews.com.
And opinion and why say that is this Megan.
We've gone too far overboard if Mike rice were a math teacher.
With -- incredibly gifted math students and we saw him hitting them.
Throwing things at them yelling slurs at them.
You'd be -- be fired anybody you look the other way it would be gone but we're so obsessed.
With this sports culture where our own passions we give them away.
To these teams that we can't -- fact or fiction anymore man -- tea we have to believe.
That he was in love with a woman never met that's craziness we only believe it because he's talented on the gridiron.
But we're not supposed to be learning sportsmanship.
And dedication in math.
Let's be learning math logical reasoning had to figure out problems.
And on -- yet -- of sports field we are supposed to be learning those extra things and so there is a role for sports in the eyes of many parents and kids.
In teaching a different aspect of character.
Listen I absolutely agree and the title of the piece was a bit for a fact.
But we've got to rethink this because we've gone too far in the other direction yes it Bobby or.
Kind of symbolize card for me as a kid yet he did it Mohammed Ali.
Yes he did.
But here's the thing we shouldn't be having a third of our daily newspapers comprised of coverage of games at a time when we faced North Korea.
Weapon -- itself in the nuclear weigh in at a time when our -- economy is crumbling.
These games have become an addiction.
A replacement for focusing on things that matter much much more.
You let them by the -- of that title of the piece for folks are wondering is sports don't matter not one iota.
Eat what you -- your first answer jumped out at me we give the way our passions the sports fans give away their passions and your PC read about how.
How much we need to be ceaselessly entertained and how willing some of us are to saddle.
Saddle for being fans explain that.
Absolutely look my son loves playing hockey and I want him to learn about sportsmanship and courage and what it takes to dig deep.
But what I don't want him to do is to simply idolize folks because in this day of media coverage and technology that blows everything up larger than life.
It's easy to say I'm not gonna play -- all I'm not gonna look into myself for that winning goal.
I'm not gonna decide hey look I'm really much more about politics or the economy I'm just going to use.
For this game is a kind of distraction and that's what they've become a distraction they're crowding out.
The news of the day that matters so much more and we're forgiving people we've got Michael Vick everybody's cheering this guy on as a quarterback.
He staged dog fights we're beautiful animals were ripped to shreds.
That's craziness and that's you say that we do that because we are so desperate for a cure to our spiritual depletion the way -- feeling.
In general right now this country.
Absolutely we've got to dial it back we've got to dial ourselves up.
What we know to be true and our souls.
Our love of courage and leadership personally individually we have to do that.
And we have to be very careful to not let sports at the college level at the high school level.
Upon valuable talents and abilities that other students should be applauded for.
Not everybody is out performing on the basketball court and truly I mean it who wins that game.
Most games almost every game other than the Russians and Americans -- Olympic hockey tournament and things like that it doesn't matter at all it's it's irrelevant.
And yet you talk about how we've got to this point now where we -- these these sports figures and coaches and so on and we -- at Penn State.
-- a child rape scandal swept under the rug because he believed they wanted to give a pass to these gods of college football who.
You know put winds on the board and then there's coach rice who you say.
Thought he mattered thought he was a big deal.
And like so many sports coaches across the country who believe that about themselves whether it's your son's Little League -- your daughter's Little League or you know Rutgers basketball.
He really didn't he didn't matter on the -- much.
They're nice people it's a nice job I'm glad -- somebody wants to coach my son and is pretty good -- -- that's a wonderful thing but.
Those guys curing cancer no.
Could a great coach on the football field and a leading an army to defeat warring nation -- Communist and wants what we have.
Not necessarily at all.
These are relatively.
Positions that we have blown up all out of proportion why.
Because we've got stadiums and tons of money behind it -- -- Twitter feeds we're losing ourselves in these games.
That -- that -- food for thought as we see our children pushed more and more to you know win win win.
At all levels of athletics from you know Peewee football on up.
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