I think it's odd that it seems that Pro Athletes (NBA, NFL, MLB) are held to a higher standard than other public groups.
If you are in Hollywood, Government, or the music biz you can a DUI (10% of Hollywood?), get caught w/drugs (Marion Barry re-elected), domestic violence (Chris Brown) and you just keep on going. No lifetime bans in your respective industry. Roman Polanski still is sitting overseas, but as Whoopi said, it wasn't "Rape Rape".
Dated a girl who's father was kept in a prison by the North Vietnamese after the war was over. (he was an officer for South Vietnam) The NV would routinely tell prisoners they were being released and escort them down the road. If they were lucky they were dragged back to their cell. If not, the other prisoners had to go get the body later. He said in the end you never said you wanted to go back to your family. And you absolutely didn't want to leave the prison. The mind f*ck that happens to people is crazy.
Another part of the story is that everyone "volunteered" for this prison. It was supposed to be a 2 week "re-education" Do this and you would be forgiven of your attacks against NV. The 2 weeks turned into a month, 2 months, 6 months, etc... He was finally released 6 years later.