As if the Yankees needed another distraction in this hell-hole of a season, Alex Rodriguez's picture was splashed on the front page of the NY Post this morning. With a buxom blond that wasn't his wife. Heading into a strip club. It's not going to get better if I keep typing.
First off, the NY Post is a piece of garbage I wouldn't line my bird's cage with (if I had a bird). Whether or not you like, love, or hate A-Rod, none of this is any of our business.
There was a good discussion on Mike and Mike this morning on ESPN radio concerning the impact of the press on athlete's lives. The beat writers that cover teams don't mention player's indiscretions and they certainly don't take photographs of them in compromising positions (not including Josh Phelps playing 1st Base). But the world has changed now, and ruthless paparazzi and gold diggers are all around trying to take advantage of celebrity slip ups.
Most athletes are not like soccer star David Beckham who thrive on the attention. And most athletes that are on the gossip pages tend to be coupling with female celebrities (i.e., Tom Brady, Derek Jeter). Mike Greenberg of the Mike&Mike tandem feels that this is a new day. That athletes now have the same cache as actors, rockers, etc., which means that gossip hounds will stalk them in the same rude manner.
I don't care what A-Rod does in his personal life. That's between him and his wife. (That is of course unless it crosses the line such as the behavior of Tampa's Elijah Dukes). As long as its legal, we won't get into moral, and doesn't affect his play, I don't want to hear about it.