Professional Athletes Deserve Right to Choose

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We seem to have the same argument at least once a year, but at least the cycle of debate is getting shorter.


In 2010, some Yankees fans grumbled at first baseman Mark Teixeira missing games in August for the birth of his child, thought the Yankees had given him permission. In 2011, Dallas Observer writer Richie Whitt called Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis’ taking advantage of MLB’s then-new paternity leave and missing a start to be with his wife in delivery “ludicrous” and “weird. Wrong even.” Whitt was roundly criticized by commenters and bloggers (including me), though others agreed with him, to at least some extent.

And so this year: Thursday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio went on a Chicago radio show to...

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