Scandalous athletes need to learn

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolls out to pass against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 3. Roethlisberger was involved in a sex scandal on March 5. Photo Courtesy MCT.

How hard is it to keep your hands clean from sexual scandals when you are a professional athlete at the top of your game?

Kobe Bryant, Steve McNair and Tiger Woods are among the most popular sex scandals of the decade.

In these times, can we really be shocked and shake our heads in disbelief every time a new cheating or sexual assault allegation surfaces about about an athlete?

Athletes are a prime target for sexual scandals.

Take, for example, two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger, who is the most recent athlete involved in a sex scandal.

On March 5, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was accused for sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in Milledgeville, Ga.

According to ESPN, Roethlisberger has a reputation for being a partygoer. In 2008, he was involved in a similar discrepancy in Lake Tahoe, which doesn’t help the current allegations.

Then again, what do people expect? Yes, he’s going to go out and party, he’s 28 years old and single.

Yet, not even the world’s best golfer, Tiger Woods, escaped the temptation, which resulted in the trashing of his reputation of a quiet, respected, admired and sometimes envied, married man.

In late November 2009, there were reports that Woods allegedly had an affair with a New York nightclub hostess. Then, Woods confessed and apologized for his “transgressions.” Woods, who according to Forbes.com has an annual income of $110 million, said, “I am far short of perfect.”

Embarrassing enough, around 14 women came forward saying they had a sexual relationship with Woods while he was married. Rumors say his wife will leave him, or Woods will pay her to stay by his side. Either way, she will not be left empty-handed.

Let’s not forget the scandal surrounding Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant. In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Eagle County, Colo.

Prosecutors dropped the case after the accuser refused to testify, the accuser then filed a civil suit, but settled outside of court. At the time, he admitted to having consensual sex with his accuser and publicly apologized to his fans with his wife by his side. He was arguably the NBA’s best player.

Cheaters never prosper, but Bryant and the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals in 2004 but fell short of the NBA Championship that year.

In 2009, Bryant won the NBA’s MVP award, and no, he wasn’t booed off stage. His wife attends games regularly and she proudly wears the infamous $4 million ring Kobe bought her after the scandal.

Not every scandal has a fairy tale ending. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was slain by his mistress in July of 2009.

This sex scandal took a turn for the worst when McNair’s 20-year-old mistress found out that the quarterback did not end his marriage like he promised. After shooting McNair four times, his mistress took her own life.

McNair’s friend Robert Gaddy told the New York Daily News that McNair was a great man, a man who’d do anything for you. Really?

According to an article in People magazine, there are many reasons why men cheat.

In most cases, it has much to do with filling an emotional need and less to do with the physical attraction.

Oh good, that explains why athletes go for the “hooker type,” and then the public is left wondering what the hell they were thinking. Or, as Spike.com reports, “cheating on the prom queen with the band geek.”

Are there any connections here? Maybe. Is it a coincidence that Bryant and Woods were listed in Forbes.com athletes top 100 list as the highest paid athletes?

Come on, who are we kidding? They’re athletes, everyone knows it’s just preferably better to tangle with someone who is insanely rich and famous. Who are we to criticize these athletes and say they can’t have it all?

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