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Author Profile: Stanley Teitelbaum

The mighty have fallen:
Examining hero worship in the steroids era

According to Dr. Stanley H. Teitelbaum, a practicing psychotherapist and faculty member and senior supervisor at the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University/Madison, Bonds is a perfect fit for the “toxic athlete profile.”

Teitelbaum cites scores of similar examples in his book Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols: How Star Athletes Pursue Self-Destructive Paths and Jeopardize Their Careers (University of Nebraska Press).

“Bonds is an interesting figure,” he says. “There are a lot of different feelings about him. There’s a ‘sleaze factor.’ He’s the quintessential example of the toxic athlete, displaying characteristics including entitlement, arrogance, and grandiosity. He does it time and time again.”

...“the media has such a powerful influence and can either guide you up or devil you down.”

“The media have really done him in,” Teitelbaum says. “It’s payback because he treats them so shabbily. They highlight his flaws to an extreme, probably more than is actually warranted.”   ...“It raises questions. What he has accomplished is probably influenced by steroids.”

...“It’s part of the job. People watch how they conduct themselves on and off the field. All indiscretions are going to be in the headlines now.”  ...“It’s not such a high price to pay for all the money, fame, and adulation these athletes receive.”

Finally, and perhaps most important, says Teitelbaum, “it’s about fairness. If some players are ‘juicing’ while others are not, it tarnishes the sense of fair play.”

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