Do rich athletes have a responsibility to donate more to charity? | The Tylt
Do rich athletes have a responsibility to donate more to charity?
Athletes come various backgrounds. Some grew up well, while others grew up in poverty. They know what it feels like to need a little help or knows the feeling of not knowing where their next meal is going to come from. Many athletes already give huge chunks of their salary to charity and nobody should be shaming them to give up more.
Besides, many are doing all they can to improve their communities. Houston Texans star J.J. Watt even rallied others to help with the Harvey Hurricane relief effort, raising over $20 million to Houston heal from a devastating natural disaster.
Athletes are paid a lot, but they give back as much as they can. And nobody is entitled to their paycheck. We should be happy with the status quo.
There's donating money, then there's giving everything. Chris Long put his money where his mouth was by donating his entire salary to help education efforts in cities where he has paid. That's an entire year where he gets nothing while kids get after-school programs and tools they need to succeed.
Chris Long is a shining example of what can happen when athletes put their community ahead of their paycheck. More athletes need to follow in his footsteps.
Athletes earn everything they have. The big house, the fancy cars, and luxurious lifestyle is all from the time and effort they put in.
When it comes down to it, people don't really need all that much to live. Hell, people in poverty do it every day. So many organizations and federal dollars go toward combating poverty. Many athletes pay exorbitant taxes on their income, and a lot of that goes back toward the community. Why should athletes be expected to give any more money after sacrificing their physical health for our personal enjoyment?
The status quo assumes athletes always give back, but that's not always true. Case in point: Floyd Mayweather. The undefeated boxer is close to $1 billion in career earnings, and yet he can honestly say he can't afford to donate any of his earnings to charity?
Obviously, he is entitled to spend his money how he wants, but think of how many people he can help with just a fraction of that money. He is Exhibit A through Z of a selfish athlete who is unwilling to help.