In the Public Eye

I hated the Bulls for taking the reign of ‘awesome NBA team’ from the Lakers in the 90s (thankfully, my Lakers took it back). But I do have to say, Michael Jordan was an awesome basketball player. His skill on the court was unmatchable (kinda still is.) But one misstep in his life did cause Jordan some problems. He cheated on his wife and paid the chick off to keep it quiet….

And then there’s Tiger Woods, who is named one of the greatest golfers for the past decade or so. A lot can be said for Tiger’s skill in hitting a golf ball into a hole. However, his recent mishap with his wife, leading him into a tree, is still fresh on the public’s mind. And come on, his wife was a lot hotter than the chick he cheated with, no offense to the mistress…

A few years ago, I became enthralled with a rookie quarterback named Ben Roethlisberger. He was able to take Pittsburgh through a near perfect season before losing in the playoffs to New England. In the past year, “Big Ben” has had two run-ins with the law concerning immoral conduct. His respectability has dropped a lot more than he would have expected…

And then there’s this guy, Jon Gosselin, who had his own reality show with his wife. When he admitted ‘cheating’ there was a lot of ‘I don’t blame him.’ Shoot, I still didn’t blame him. Of course, I would’ve got divorced from Kontrolling Kate (mispelling on purpose) before having a ‘partying life.’ Maybe he didn’t want his own show. Maybe he didn’t want the spotlight. Or maybe he used it just too much.

So, let’s look at these four men. One was a respectable NBA star, one a respectable PGA star, one a respectable NFL star, and one a nonrespected Reality TV star. It’s interesting to see that those in good graces fell far from their ‘respectable level’ in society. And yet, the one that was already deemed a ‘loser’ was only slightly further dissed. It’s funny that his wife seemed to get more flack than him from his indiscretions.

Moral of the story: if you have the positive public eye, be careful what you do with it. Everyone’s always watching. Yeah, it’s your life. But we’re human and we judge, even if we don’t mean too. If you have negative public eye, it doesn’t seem to get worse? Funny enough, I still respect Jordan, Woods, and Roethlisberger more than I ever will Jon Gosselin. If that ever changes, look for Satan wearing a sweater.

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