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Financial Crisis, Sen. Stevens Trial, Iraqi: Aid Wasted

POSTED: 10:35 AM ET, 09/23/2008 by Amanda Zamora

Hello and welcome to The Daily Read, our recommended reading for Tuesday. See something we missed? Post your suggestions in the comments below.

The Big Bailout » Democratic leaders and the White House continue to negotiate the terms of a $700 billion economic rescue plan as rank-and-file lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill outraged on behalf of taxpayers in their districts ... and as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson looks to defend executive compensation, experts see a need for punitive action. — Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times

Stevens Witness List » Potential jurors in the federal corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) heard a list of 200 potential witnesses yesterday, including Democratic Senators Daniel Inouye, Patrick Leahy and Ted Kennedy, Republican Orrin Hatch, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. — Associated Press

U.S. Probes Food-Price Collusion » The Justice Department has opened separate criminal probes into possible price-fixing by major egg producers and California tomato processors, adding to concerns about alleged collusion in food and agriculture. — Wall Street Journal

Rosenberg Sons: Mother Framed » In separate telephone interviews, the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg say that after reading through recently released records in their parents espionage case, they have little doubt that their father was guilty -- but that their mother was framed. — Washington Post

Iraqi: $13 Billion in Aid Lost » A former Iraqi official estimated that more than $13 billion meant for reconstruction projects in Iraq was wasted or stolen, and said a report on the audited projects sent to top Iraqi officials was never published because "nobody cares" about investigating such cases. — Washington Post

Major-League Felony » Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, 41, begins a 15-month prison sentence today after being convicted of wire fraud charges for betting on NBA games. — USA Today

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Gambling by Professional Athletes , Coaches , And Referees is not that uncommon
In December of 1999 Arnie Wexler, a compulsive-gamblers counselor, went to the National Basketball Association office in Manhattan and met with league officials, players and union officials, concerned about players' gambling. He recalled being told, "We have a problem, and we're trying to find out how bad the problem is." Wexler, a resident of Bradley Beach and former executive director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, was told to keep his calender open from January through March, to allow him to address every team in the league.

When he didn't hear from the NBA in a few weeks he called and asked, "When do we start?"

You don't, he was told. "They said, "The higher ups didn't want the media to find out.' "

The talks were canceled.

Just read the headlines this week alone-----

Charles Barkley Troubled by Gambling Addiction Problem.

Dolphins' Will Allen Investigated for Pulling Gun in Dispute Over Gambling Debts.

Tim Donaghy x NBA referee is now in recovery for his gambling addiction
When you look at the recent headlines about professional athletes,coaches and referees. and gambling,
The odds are very good it might be the tip of the ice burg. Athletes may be more vulnerable than the general population when you look at the soft signs of compulsive gambling:
High Levels of energy
Unreasonable expectations of winning
Very competitive personalities
Distorted optimism
Bright with high IQ's

I run a national help line (1-888-LAST BET ).
And over the years, I have spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem. An NCAA study a few years ago said, "There is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college." You can't think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling.

Compulsive gambling is an addiction just like alcoholism and chemical dependency and all three diseases are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association's D.S.M. Yet, we treat compulsive gambling different then the other two addictions. Society and professional sports treat people with chemical dependency and alcoholism as sick people, send them to treatment and they get back to work yet they look at compulsive gamblers as bad people and they get barred from playing in professional sports

If the Colleges and professional leagues wanted to help the players, they would run real programs that seriously address the issue of gambling and compulsive gambling. Education and early detection can make a difference between life and death for some people who have or will end up with a gambling addiction.

"They need to have a real program for players, coaches and referees, and they need to let somebody else run it. When you do it in house, it's like the fox running the chicken coop.
You must be kidding your self if you think any player coach or referee is going to call the league and say, 'I've got a gambling problem, and I need help?"



Arnie Wexler (
Arnie & Sheila Wexler Associates
213 3rd Ave.
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Phone 732 7740019
cell 954--5015270

Posted by: arnie wexler | September 23, 2008 4:35 PM

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