Soccer moms are unwittingly leading their sons astray, a new study says.
Male high-school athletes are 1.4 times likelier to binge drink and 1.3 times likelier to fight, the survey of 13,000 teens nationwide found.
"The generalizations about how positive and safe sports are may not be warranted," said Susan Connor, a researcher at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland and author of the survey, which she plans to release today at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting.
New York City teen athletes were immediately skeptical.
"I don't even know what to say about that," said Frankie Biordi, who plays soccer for St. Francis prep in Queens. "If you're playing an organized sport, you can't drink... If you drink, you'd get fat and couldn't play."
On the bright side, boys who play team sports were found to be less prone to suffer from depression and to smoke cigarettes, researchers found.
And sports for girls are much more positive. Female teen athletes are less likely to fight, smoke, use pot or feel depressed.