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“Rape. Murder. It’s just a shot away.” — The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”

I usually don’t start articles with a quote, but considering the events of this week, I think it’s appropriate. Tragedy struck the University of Virginia earlier this week, as men’s lacrosse player George Huguely admitted responsibility for the death of woman’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

Whether or not he is charged with murder or some form of manslaughter has yet to be determined.

Today, more shocking news developed: Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested and charged with the rape of a 16 year old girl. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

It’s not just the events of this week.

It's the alleged rape by Ben Roethlisberger, the murder of high school football coach Ed Thomas by a former player, felony weapons charges against the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, and Boston Bruins' Marc Savard allegedly biting an opponent in a playoff game, among others.

It begs the question: What drives an athlete to such violent and otherwise illegal actions?

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