romafan. this is the problem. you blame everything on hip hop which is a cultural phenomenon created in and by the hood. it's a reflection and result of what goes on in the hood. the problems that some black athletes get into are not a result of hip hop. it's a result of whatever they went through that made them make poor decisions--this could be a number of things like poverty, crime and drug infested neighborhoods, racism, troubled family life, etc. for some, professional sports are the ticket out of this situation. some of these young men grew up with nothing and are now given millions of dollars and fame, literally overnight--while still in their teens or early 20's. so, oj simpson, who keeps getting into trouble, is he the result of evil hip hop? he was a member of gangs and had a horrible childhood, way before hip hop was even invented. he had already retired from a successful professional football career before people even heard of hip hop. how about lebron james, at 22, he is someone who is incredibly mature and is a role model for not just young black athletes but all young athletes. he IS hip hop. he is a part of hip hop culture and hip hop is a huge part of him. by your argument, he should be in jail or fighting pitbulls. do you see why the "hip hop is destroying america" argument is complete b.s.? if you want to stop anyone, not just some black professional athletes, from making shitty decisions, you're gonna have to fix the roots of the problem. these are a poor education system, poverty, joblessness, racism, crime, drugs, broken families, etc. hip hop is a response and reaction to this. but people are calling it the cause. Agree and well said While we're at it, we might as well get rid of Rock music, Jazz, and everything else thats ever been blamed for the downfall of society. Oh, and video games! And violence on television. the list goes on and on. And guns! Don't forget guns.