During an important playoff game, a football player notices a hazard on the field that may distract or hurt an opposing player, but is unlikely to affect his own team. what is the most ethical action for the football player to take? why might he be tempted to act unethically? what would you do in this circumstance? explain your reasoning.

2 Answer

  • The most ethical action is to notify a referee or coach so they can take action and remove the hazard. Because it is a competition and he really wants to win, the player might be tempted to not tell anyone and let the opposing team be at a disadvantage. I would tell a referee right away. Yes, your opponents would have been at a disadvantage if you didn't tell, but that is not how you win a game. If you have to cheat to win a game, then you might as well consider yourself the loser. The other team gave their all and didn't cheat, so why should you.
  • Ethical action in sports refers to the respect, concern, and protection of the health of the sportsperson.

    The football player if notices the hazard on the field, which might likely harm the opposite team player, then he should inform the referee.

    The competition should be won on fair play conditions, and the player if not report the hazard to the referee then, the opposite is most likely to lose and it will be unethical of the player to not inform the referee.

    The opponents might have a disadvantage, but it is not sportsmanship and unethical of the player to not inform about the hazard.

    Thus, the player should inform the hazard, as the game might be suspended or the opponents could be severely injured. It will be disrespectful and unethical sportsmanship towards the player and game.

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