Jury's Out: Morality of Watching the Super Bowl

ABC News' legal analyst Dan Abrams offers his take on some of today's controversial issues.
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show but Dan Abrams back here at the table. That can mean only one thing, the jury is out. Dan's rearing to go. Let's do it. Good morning, guys. I don't want to put a damper on all the super bowl excitement. But you will. But I'm going to. A recent article from "The new York times" asked whether it's immoral to watch the game based on the increasing evidence of the long-term effect on the players. "Catastrophic brain injury, not as a rare and unintended consequence but as a routine by-product of how the game is played" so are we complicit by watching? I don't watch boxing because I find it too barbaric so am I a hypocrite? Is that a matter of morality or taste. Both. A great point. It's more of a -- Taste. The argument you made with the evidence coming in again and again about football -- I will say that people make a comparison to the ancient gladiators of Rome and I can understand it but the big difference here is the gladiators were made to fight. There is a choice here and I understand the many, many different things, but there's still a choice being made and especially whether it's football or boxing, I do believe and my sense is having covered the sport for years and years and years players understand how hyper violent it is. They understand -- But now they're suing. It's tough. The more we watch the more we make an offer they can't refuse because we jack up the salary so much and creates the -- Giving them the very best health care is not -- again, that's another thing that we can talk about and that's really what that was about as much as anything. That's a hard one. A fair question. It is a hard one and patty on Facebook says "I think it is a very dangerous sport and I do refuse to support or watch it when it involves children," she says. "When it involves grown men who are paid a hefty sum of money, no, I don't one bit." Kids, mostly girls who have not even started high school increasingly committing to colleges for athletic scholarships. I'm hearing this more and more. "The New York times" reports, quote, coaches at colleges large and small flock to watch 13-year-old and 14-year-old girls who they hope will fill out their future rosters. It may sound crazy but it does mean that they're committing to getting a scholarship for college. I can think of worst things than knowing in the ninth grade your college will be paid for. As former athlete, amen, that would have been a relief. And don't have the pressure of -- you can just enjoy your high school years. They've been doing this with -- I have a feeling this maybe is kind of buzzy because it's girls. They've -- god, boys have been doing it forever. Again, let's gender -- gender knew at that time. To get that good. That's an interesting -- ? Two reason, because girls mature earlier so they can make these digs faster and, number two, having a hard time finding women for a lot of their college teams. 322 soccer teams for women only. 204 for men so they're having a hard time finding these great female soccer players. To be honest, like a lot of sports looking at the club level now. Not so much the high school level. It's club athletics and, look, if the best are able to be identified at 13 and 14 as robin said -- They can always change their mind later and not take the scholarship. Verbal commit many. Depends on the individual too. You can't just -- Dan, you're 2 for 2 for the talkers. Shannon, "At least you have the chance to go to college especially if the money is tight." Young athletes committing to college sports scholarships by ninth grade, smart decision or way too early? 8%, smart decision. 92% way too early. So we're in the minority. Exactly. Next up is a white house petition to deport Bieber. Come on. It's passed the magic number of 100,000 significants and the white house has to respond to it. Now, this is -- I've heard legal commentators absurdly claim, if somebody else he'd be deported. Not true. Listen to what we got in our poll. Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a second. If a Latino landscaper drag raced down the Miami strip. On a misdemeanor. Drag raced down the Miami trip and was drunk driving and the police found out about it and he was illegal -- Wouldn't be deported. Oh, I'm with -- He's not illegal. Let's be clear. He's not here illegally. He wouldn't be deported. I mean, the point is that no one else in Bieber's with the same facts based on misdemeanors would be deported. I'll say this, you'll forgive me -- I can't -- I can't summon an opinion here. I'm sorry. I'm with you, josh. I know you got a lot of heat because you said that it was a minor crime. I did. I got so much heat on Twitter and Facebook for that. But you know what, he's racing through a residential area. That's not minor. Look, it's not to suggest he's being charged with I aimkr. All right. The fact is it's still a misdemeanor but it's a crime. You're probably right. Our flash poll -- Time to think about it. We got enormous response to it. Should Bieber be deported, yes, 72%, no -- people hate him online. Whoa, whoa. Emotions in my head. Yeah. I just think it's frustrating to watch somebody who's been given this gift and to see it, you know, before our eyes -- Do you want to deport him. No, I don't but I wish I could have a strong talking with him. George wants to -- I want to but I won't. Yeah, I wish someone would step up, yeah, right. Finally, a stunning move. This happened last night. The academy that runs the oscars rescinded a nomination for best song for "Alone yet not alone." The oscars' board of governors decided that the composer, brute Broughton, a former governor himself, quote, e-mailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period using one's Pentagon as a current executive committee member to promote one's own Oscar admission appears as an unadvantage. Really? Because the oscars -- yes. Sort of crazy, right? They're saying -- he's lobbying and that's a problem. Those e-mails are hard to come by. We couldn't really -- we didn't get any real passion from that story, but, you know. Thank you, Dan, that was

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