BY HOMER PLATE, Contributor
OK, I’ve had it. A few years back, Brett Myers had an on-street scuffle where he gave his wife a swift knock on the noggin. Apparently, they were both sauced. I wouldn’t know because I don’t drink. I don’t need booze to pummel a woman (yes, I’m joking). That is the ultimate no no. While Brett Myers is and should be forever ashamed about what he did, I have a feeling this growing Tiger story is going to make the Brett Myers story pale in comparison.
And this is my problem. While athletes are supposed to be role models, at what point do we stay the hell out of their lives? Do we really care that the Myer’s clan is out getting hammered then going outside and hammering each other? Do we care if Tiger gets bitch slapped by the misses? We do. And I can tell you why. Because we are a pathetic bunch of poor, envious hypocrites.
I want all of you out there in the land of judgement to tell me that you have never had a fight with your spouse or significant other. If you say no, then not only are you the poor, envious hypocrite, you are also a liar. This has nothing to do with athletes or celebrities getting a free pass. This has everything to do with the fact that while we can judge Tiger and Brett on anything they do while they are playing their game, what they do when they leave the ball park or golf course is their business.
I already heard Howard Eskin on WIP laughing and making jokes about what is coming down the road from this story. It seems to me that the dumbest man in Philly media had a personal episode a few years back and he whined his way out of it. I think it should have been made perfectly clear at the time that not only do we not care what goes on in the personal life of Eskin, the vast, vast majority of us don’t care about any part of him, personal or professionally.
I should be clear that I am not saying that spousal abuse should be ignored in any way. What I am saying is that we all have heated arguments and should they involve violence it should be handled by the parties involved and if need be, the law.
But I love it when the “media,” (which is a synonym for “vomit used to make money”) claims that celebrity means that you are held to a higher standard and that is part of the gig. We do not deserve to know what goes on in the lives of athletes and celebrities. Unless of course their kids are waving guns at traffic lights, but that’s just good, clean fun.
So over the course of the next few weeks, while the greatest living athlete and soon to be the greatest athlete who ever lived gets dragged through the spousal abusive mud, all of you can bask in the glory of knowing that they are people just like you.
The only difference is they have the talent, dedication and work ethic to make millions and attain global celebrity status while your claim to fame is taking a leak in the sink while they work.