Scrolling through twitter today I saw a tweet an ex-KSR-er sent out that inspired my post for today. (Thanks Austin). The tweet was referring to a Bleacher Report article about D’Angelo Russell’s father being arrested last week for marijuana possession and how ridiculous it was to be considered newsworthy.
I have to say, I agree.
Every incident is its own situation, but I can’t help but to think that negative family issues should be left alone. This is just the incident that aroused my interest on the day I have a post. There are several other examples of this happening; like Jimbo Fisher’ separation or OJ Mayo’s father’s many arrests (off the top of my head). Don’t even get me starting on media thinking we care about a player’s sexual orientation.
Why is this information needed? I don’t think any sports fan has gained anything from knowing this information. What it comes down to is how it affects the program or athlete on the court directly. These examples for sure don’t have any effects.
Was the 2012 Petrino motorcycle crash newsworthy information? Of course, since he had hired his girlfriend to work for the Arkansas Athletic program.
Puff Daddy being arrested after the UCLA alteration would be another good example. Although he is not directly involved with UCLA’s program, he brought the program into his issues with the strength and conditioning coach.
If it doesn’t affect the program or its players and coaches on the field, then I say leave it alone.