Behavior: Sex and The Sporting Life

Do athletic teams unwittingly promote assaults and rapes?

Once their exploits were confined to the back of newspapers, but these days American athletes are hitting the front pages with startling frequency -- and not for heroic feats. From high school to college to the pro leagues, players are fast gaining a reputation for off-the-field sexual rampages. At St. John's University in New York City, members of the lacrosse team were alleged to have drugged, kidnapped and gang-raped a female student at their off-campus home. Two players on Oklahoma University's football team were convicted of rape. In Glen Ridge, N.J., five high school jocks were charged with sexually assaulting a...

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