Heard about this story? This French man allegedly drugged at least 20 of his daughter's tennis opponents so that she could win games (all unbeknownst to the daughter of course). The father, a former military guy, would put this anti-anxiety drug in the opposing player's water causing them to get drowsy and have heavy legs.
Of course that's bad but what's worse is that one of the guy's he drugged (he also drugged some of his son's opponents as well) ended up driving home while still under the influence of the drugs, apparently fell asleep at the wheel, crashed his car and died.
So now dude is up facing twenty years in jail and has admitted to drugging his kids' opponents. I think he should at least be charged with manslaughter for the guy who died as well.
Sometimes parents just go too far (I hope I don't go off the deep end like that) and we've all heard stories in Canada about the hockey parents who end up fighting with opposing players, parents of opposing players or refs. The typical response is its only a game and that behavior should be inexcusable and that's correct but when you look at these situations closely and ask why you've got to factor in the big business that sports is these days.
These parents probably see their kids going pro and making money. The parents themselves see their kids as this large investment that needs to pay off so they go crazy if anything stands in their way. Its still inexcusable and extremely dumb (eediat ting dat!) though.
The parents probably feel like they have more invested than the kids because sometimes the kids are just there to have fun while the parents are overly emotional and ready to do anything necessary to see their kids excel. Pretty sad aint it?
In this case the dude is claiming he felt like he was being judged by his kids performances. I guess he never figured that now they would probably be judged by his as well.