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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Foul Play

In the media, there has been an increase in the amount of stories coming forth involving popular sports personalities and their infidelity or lack of scruples, in their private lives. One sports star after another, has been revealed and exposed as having cheated on or been unfaithful to their partners, through deceptive affairs, or sexual fantasies, often causing media outrage, as well as public outrage. This begs the question, why the bother?
Why is this receiving so much attention, despite the fact that it sells, sells, sells, and stories like this make a lot of people a lot of money. The public seemed to have latched on and demonised those who are involved, with no particular expression of sympathy for those who are truly affected by the ordeals, the family members.
Sports personalities like John Terry, Tiger Woods, Wayne Rooney, and as of late, probably to everyones surprise, Ryan Giggs, to name but a few, have all been caught up in this whirlwind, angering the nation and fans everywhere. Leading us to question their morality, often stating that they are meant to be role models. I do not argue against that, the fact they are supposed to be role models, in the arena of sports, yes, however, outside of that, are they still supposed to carry the moral load? These are men - no disrespect to them or their profession - who, for a living, kick a ball into a net, throw a ball into a hoop or hit a small ball with a big metal stick, into a small hole somewhere very far away. They are not making decisions that will publicly affect our families, our communities, or society in general. They are not changing legislation, or principles on the nature of human kind. I think I would be right in saying - please correct me if I am wrong - that John Terry or Wayne Rooney, and the like, have never given a lecture on or spoken public about family values or morality, and if they were to, most would probably not listen, claiming that they are not experts in their field, but when they falter, their mistake is greater than everyone elses.
The matter of the fact is that media and public scrutiny have exposed what should be a matter for their private lives and for no other purpose, but to sell stories and create a public hype about a situation, until the next one comes along.
As people, if we are actually looking for moral examples, we should firslty do so in ourselves, and then in people who make decisions that influence our everyday lives in the philosophical context. The danger is that this kind of public scrutiny into the lives of very few elite men, leads to a mass generalisation that sends the conceptions that people hold askew.
If these men were religious clergymen, preaching regularly about morality and righteousness, all the while undergoing such betrayal, the exposé would be understandable, but until then...

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