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Ryan’s Rants What is privacy?

Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:02

Miguel Cabrera

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Last week Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.

This past week Miguel Cabrera reminded everyone that sports figures are not invincible. In case you have forgotten about Michael Vick, Tiger Woods or Ben Roethlisberger, you know that more and more athletics has turned into a better version of the Maury Povich show.

Cabrera was arrested before the beginning of spring training for drunk driving and resisting arrest; he also had the audacity to ask the police officer, "Do you know who I am?" This latest black eye for the sporting world had me thinking of the age-old sports debate: do people really care about athlete's personal lives? Absolutely we do.

If you are like me, you live and breathe sports. Every morning I wake up to "SportsCenter," I drive to work listening to AM sports talk radio, and I fall asleep watching more ESPN. I waste half my day reading Twitter updates about what Chad Ochocinco is watching on TV, what Pete Carroll is listening to on his iPod and how many Twinkies John Daly has shoved down his throat before his tee-off. The lives of famous athletes have fueled the professional sports industry since Babe Ruth's time. When Tiger Woods smashed his vehicle into a tree, the world stopped and nearly everyone tried to assume what was happening in his personal affairs.

The part that gets me is when people feel they have the right to say whether an athlete should be suspended, banned or removed from a team. We all know Michael Vick made some terrible choices, but who's to say that he shouldn't be able to return to his profession?

In a perfect world, there would be a TMZ channel for professional athletes only. We could look into their personal lives, watch them 24/7 and creep on their wives and children as well. Doesn't it seem like we are getting to the point where we are overdoing it? We are placing ourselves in places where we are unwanted, but we have no problem ignoring that fact. We need to get back to a place where we loved sports for the competition and not for the drama behind the scenes. I have to cut my article off short because I just heard there might be new developments in Rex Ryan's wife's foot fetish story. Until next time, Go Panthers!

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