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When Sports Heroes Fall Out of Good Graces

When I wrote this piece in July of 2013, I wrote it when Alex Rodriguez was going through his fall from grace.

Of course there are many anecdotes of our sports heroes who have had to face the fans with much more than egg on their faces.

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"Batter up!" is cried
Pitcher stirs upon the mound
The hit--no cake walk

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Being in the media limelight has its advantages. Especially for those in professional sports. When someone is at “the-top-of-their-game,” it is a great thing.

Money. Power. Prestige. Status. Stardom. Endorsements. Doting fans. Good graces. And so much more.

But, all it takes is one bad decision. One wrong word. One impropriety. And all can be lost.

These are the heroes who trade themselves to Team Notorious with media acting as their agents.

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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alexdg1 wrote on November 28, 2015, 7:46 PM

I've never been a big fan of Alex Rodriguez, to be honest with you.

inertia4 wrote on November 28, 2015, 7:53 PM

I think in recent years Alex Rodriguez is the most talked about one that had hi major problems. Although he is a good ball player, he made some stupid mistakes. He is the polar opposite of Derek Jeter.

JohnRoberts wrote on November 28, 2015, 9:25 PM

Now we have baseball player Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and basketball player Okafor of Philly engaged in incidents.

markgraham wrote on November 28, 2015, 10:20 PM

Any athlete if you like like them if you don't don't. A true fan will like their favorites no matter what happens.

Paulie wrote on November 28, 2015, 11:15 PM

Actually, for any job or career, one bad decision, one wrong word, or one impropriety can spell curtains. Just look at General Petraeus and Bill Cosby.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 28, 2015, 11:25 PM

To me, Sports Heroes is an oxymoron, with emphasis on the moron. There are some exceptions, Pat Tillman, Lou Gehrig, and Brian Piccolo come to mind. But most professional athletes do not deserve to be called heroes. They would more correctly be called idols, because their fans worship them, until they embarrass their fans with their actions, at which time they become fallen idols.

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CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 12:39 AM

I could not agree more, DWDavisRSL

Rufuszen wrote on November 29, 2015, 10:28 AM

I do wonder why so many sport stars seem to have so little control. Not to surprising they end up in the papers and in the muck.

Deepizzaguy wrote on December 26, 2015, 6:10 PM

The price of fame can harm you in the long run when you break the rules and believe that you will get away with it.

CoralLevang wrote on December 26, 2015, 6:21 PM

Deepizzaguy Isn't that the truth? Whether it be the "rules" that are set up by a league, or the rules set by marriage contracts or other things...
Tiger Woods just came to mind.