It’s been all over the news. The Kansas City Royals pitcher, Danny Duffy, was arrested Sunday evening on a suspicion of a DUI when he was found passed out in the drive-thru at Burger King. There are details to be found out, and some that you can already do a quick Google search and find, but they aren’t the point here.
This arrest has happened the same year we (Kansas City, the Royals, the MLB) lost Yordano Ventura to what many assumed was a drunk driving accident. (No toxicology report has ever been made public, but he was leaving a late-night party at the time of the accident, so it is suspected that alcohol may have played a role.) in other words, this is something he should have been hyper-aware of as he lost a teammate and friend less than 8 months prior.
The question is as a public person, an athlete, should someone like Danny Duffy be someone our kids are looking up to?
This is a subject that has been analyzed and discusses at length for years. Athletes especially often find themselves as heroes to many a young child, and much to many a parents dismay many athletes fall victim to drugs, alcohol, violence, and sex scandals that make for tough conversations with little ones about what defines a hero.
I’m of the opinion that athletes, actors, and musicians do not make good heroes or role models. You can admire their talent. You can dream of performing like them, but let’s not idolize those in careers who are notorious for breaking the hearts of those same children who look up to them.
As much as I love the Kansas City Royals and want to believe that they are all truly great guys, I know that they too are failable.
While we will always admire Duffy on the field, off the field, our hope is that he becomes someone who once again earns that admiration.