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"60 MINUTES" LOOKS AT SPORTSMANSHIP, OR LACK THEREOF
Published November 27, 1995
"60 Minutes" dedicated one of three segments last night to "unsportsmanlike conduct" in the sports world. Lesley Stahl conducted four sit-down interviews: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, columnist Bob Greene, tennis player Jeff Tarango and peewee football coach Thomas Hughes. Abdul-Jabbar: "To me, it seems like the style of professional wrestling [has] started to take over all sports. ... [It] just seems like a whole bunch of guys on steroids who hate each other." Jabbar noted the possibility with fans getting involved in trash-talking and taunting, "it's going to end up like European soccer." Stahl: "Water cannons and riot police are not common sights yet, but who knows?" ALL DEION'S FAULT? Stahl focused much of the piece on the effect of Deion Sanders. Greene, on "The Deionization of America": "Any instincts you have toward humility, any instincts you have toward not showing someone up, any instincts you have toward not trying to make yourself look good at someone else's expense, those are worthless now." Peewee coach Hughes: "You have [youth coaches] attempting to import some sportsmanship into their kids. But you have TV showing every time Deion makes a score and he does his dance and the crowd goes wild, he's out doing a Nike commercial." Tarango, best known for walking off the court at Wimbledon, said he was not proud of the incident, but added, "Some promoters, some TV, some sponsors want that because it just brings another angle into the game -- and right now it's a hot ticket" (CBS, 11/26).