Professional athletes make TONS of money.
Compared to the average person, they make more money in one year than we will see in a llifetime.
Like television, movie, and music stars, they often have personas that are larger than life.
We put these people on a pedestal...tell them that they are special...and then tell them that along with being special and making all that money, there is a heavy price to pay.
We tell them...
You are fair game. EVERYTHING you do is fair game.
If you do what WE WANT you to...what you get PAID to do...we will stand and cheer as loudly as we can.
But if you don't do what we want...if you DON'T EARN YOUR PAY...we will let you know how unhappy we are...in EVERY way we can think of.
We legitimize this behaviour, as fans, by saying "They make all of this money, and I help pay them, so I have a RIGHT to do and say as I please."
But is that really true?
Do we really have a right to scrutinize them to the nth degree?
Is the money they are paid really a justification for treating them like they are not people?
I have always tried (sometimes unsuccessfully) to live by this rule.
Don't say anything about someone, verbally or electronically, that you would not be prepared to say to them if they were standing right in front of you.
That doesn't mean that I can't say something negative about someone...it just helps keep my "human decency" meter working.
I think too often today we think it's OK for media folks to do and say whatever they need to in order to "SELL" a story.
From the over the top TV talk shows where ex-lovers are pitted against each other...to tabloid TV where we follow Britney from her car to her house - daily...to the 24 hour sports channels that disect each aspect of every game played...we are obsessed with finding all the dirt and making sure EVERYBODY else knows about it.
And we are ready to point the finger in disgust each time someone fails to live up to the expecations we have of them...and we think we have the right to ridicule them any way we see fit because they KNOW what they signed up for. If they can collect the pay check, then they can take the abuse.
So what do YOU think?
I want YOUR opinions!
Say whatever you think...I will not DELETE your post!
This is America and you have the RIGHT to disagree with me!
I only ask that you try and show some decency in your remarks.
You don't have to scream at me or swear to get your point across...in fact...it will be much better received if your response shows that you thought about what you said.
BTW...along these lines (somewhat), there has been an interesting series of events involving Georges Laraque and Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. If you don't know the story...read this...