Tiger Woods is recently back in the news lately. Fortunately, this time round, its not related to his well-known sex addictions. It brings me to a topic of why so many top sports stars just can’t seem to behave themselves.
Lance Armstrong, the best cyclist in history, cheated with performance enhancement drugs. Diego Maradona, the best footballer ever, not named Pele, have a long history with cocaine. Paul Gascoigne, widely known as the most talented English footballer ever, and George Best, the best Northern Irish footballer ever, had their health and career let down by alcoholism.
The list goes on. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan’s heir, and his affairs during his younger days. Derrick Rose, an NBA MVP, and his recent disgraceful orgy scandal. Ryan Giggs, the most decorated English Premier League footballer, was caught with his pants down, with his sister-in-law. And there’s Chelsea FC and England Football National Team captain John Terry, who you better keep your wife away from. And who can forget O.J. Simpson.
Why are the top athletes behaving like that? When we think of them as the cream of the crop, the best of the best, god among men, we think of the years of training and discipline to achieve what they’ve achieved. The hardwork. The focus they have. The level of commitment they put in we mere mortals can never imagine.
Even in the professional wrestling scene, we have the most popular of them all, Hulk Hogan who cheated on his wife. And Mr. Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels, who admitted to all his past demons.
All the dedication they’ve put in, yet they do not have the resillience to stay away from those temptations. In the end, succumbing to drugs, women, and alcohol. Losing their reputation, their family, their career, and some even their life.
Maybe we are too blinded by these sportsmen, who the media loves to label as superstars.
Maybe underneath those jerseys, they are really just flesh and blood like us.