It's not fair.
I've been hearing that about the Tiger Woods saga and it makes me laugh. How it's not fair that he has no right to privacy and whatever is happening in his personal life is being blasted all over sports sites and the 4-letter network. Yes, sports reporting and tabloid sensationalism seem to have gotten married somewhere along the line.
But don't any of you multimillionaire athletes ever expect to cry "it's not fair" and expect any sympathy from me!
What's not fair is that you, Tiger Woods, are really a useless person. You swing a golf club for a living. Think about it! You play golf and get rich while teachers, cops, firemen, people whose lives really do matter, struggle daily to pay their bills.
Newsflash Mister Woods. You can't have one without the other. You are not the first million dollar athlete to have your private life splashed all over the news and you won't be the last. That's what happens when you are a multimillion dollar celebrity. You give up your right to privacy. Maybe it's not fair but it is reality.
Want a right to privacy? Get a $30,000 a year job and play golf on the weekends with your drinking buddies.
Want to be a multimillion dollar athlete? Then deal with the fact that the media owns you. Because it really is them that makes you worth millions. All these athletes can cry all they want about the media, but it is the media that links you, Mister Professional Athlete, to me, Mister Sports Fan. The media hypes you and worships you and builds you up to be the greatest thing we've ever seen and you certainly have no problem reaping the rewards of that.
Now, comes the ugly side of being a celebrity and now, all of a sudden, you want the media to go away? Come on, Tiger. Have you really been that naive to think that what happened to Kobe Bryant and Roger Clemens and ARod would not happen to you? Do you really think that you should be able to reap all the rewards of your celebrity status and have none of the drawbacks? Seriously, Tiger, you need a reality check.
Yes, you are right. I don't have to worry about whether someone will take my picture at lunch with some woman I am not married to. But, I do have to worry about whether I get my bills paid in time to keep enough electricity in my house so I can post my blog next week. When's the last time Tiger had to worry about that?
Nobody gets to have the perfect life. To get something, we have to give up something in return. And, Tiger, reality is, to get to play golf for millions of dollars, you had to give up something. Your privacy.
That's just reality.
And reality bites.