Britney Spears. Paris Hilton. Jennifer Lopez. Roger Clemens?
Apparently now that the Rocket has unofficially retired from baseball, he has ceased being a professional athlete and is now simply another celebrity vulnerable to the same gossip and speculation.
What I’m talking about, of course, is the latest “news” to come out about the 7-time Cy Young Award winner. According to the NY Daily News and their “sources”, Roger had a 10-year affair with country singer Mindy McCready that began when she was 15 and Clemens was 28.
Ok, I could understand all the criticism and scrutiy thrust on Clemens in the wake of his disaster of a hearing in Washington. He brought that on himself, and he deserved it. I could even forgive the whole “did he go to Canseco’s party” thing, even though it seemed somewhat irrelevant, because it spoke to his credibility.
But now it seems that sports journalism has taken a page from the PerezHilton.com playbook by launching an all-out investigation into Roger Clemens’ personal life.
Fellow sports writers, we are already looked down upon by ‘straight news’ reporters across the world in terms of importance to the public. I mean, nobody’s life is going to be changed by reading about Andruw Jones’ early season struggles.
Tht only type of journalist we could turn up our noses at was celebrity journalists. While sports journalism can be considered irrelevant, it was never considered malicious and distasteful like the Papparazi-driven celebrity news. Well, congratulations NY Daily News, you have officially lowered us to the bottom of the totem pole.
I saw this trend beginning last year with Arod’s alleged night on the town with a “busty blonde”. I turned a blind eye, but I can remain silent no longer.
If you’re going to report on the personal lives of athletes, you have every right, but keep it off the sports page. I’m sure TMZ.com has great rates for freelancers, and you’d be more properly serving your audience.
I’m just waiting to see a bawling, gender-confused Roger Clemens fan post a YouTube video pleading with the media to “Leave the Rocket Alone! I Mean It!” (WARNING: video contains profanity)
Seems silly, but that’s the path we’re walking.