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Why do we need to know when an athlete’s dad is arrested?

(h/t Bleacher Report)

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.

@Hessler_KSR

Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

18 Comments for Why do we need to know when an athlete’s dad is arrested?



  1. What The
    6:32 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Kelenna Azubuike’s dad received a lot of press when he went to jail.



  2. Juan4UK
    6:32 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    and you just gave it more run time. well done then



  3. SteveM
    6:39 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Wow too bad KSR writers don’t subscribe to this philosophy given a lot of the unrelated crap they publish



    • Evan
      6:45 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

      If it looks crap, dont read it. Simple as that



    • CatSinceBirth
      6:59 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

      Evan, that’s exactly what I do 25% of the time. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading the National Enquirer. D’Angelo had nothing to do with his father’s problem, but he sure does now. Wow!



  4. jim J
    6:50 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Why was Puff Daddy arrested after having his clothes altered?



  5. Angelo
    6:55 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Dirty laundry sells. Maybe it is schadenfreude.



  6. CatSinceBirth
    6:56 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Kind of speaking with a forked tongue aren’t we?



  7. Music City Cat
    7:10 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Says the website that posted the 2 white trash ladies fighting in Indiana



  8. Eyebleedblue
    7:18 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Free markets and freedom of speech? Don’t like it, don’t click or watch it, but censorship is a China or Obama thing, not an American one.



  9. Bookend
    7:19 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    In this day, anything that is made public (either through social media or through public records) is readily available to all. There really is nowhere to hide, or many ways to attempt it. Get over it. I don’t consider it newsworthy when some actress divorces her husband, but there are millions of women out there that do care. If it sells, it will be made available.



  10. wow
    7:21 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Were you old enough to read during the Karen Sypher-Rick Pitino debacle? KSR ate that up posted the hell out of it.



    • BenHur
      7:39 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

      The difference is that pot is no big deal, what Pitino did was several awful vile things.



    • CardFan502
      11:02 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

      Nah, dawg, we justify Pitino’s actions. He’s all good in our book. Water under the bridge, ya feel me?



    • J-Dub421
      7:45 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

      The difference is that was Pitino himself, not his dad or his uncle.



  11. DavidPat
    7:34 pm August 4, 2015 Permalink

    Family will grow stronger together!



  12. post
    8:38 am August 5, 2015 Permalink

    You find it ridiculous that his dad being arrested made the news, so you post an article further perpetuating it and giving it more run time? Interesting response I must say, logic level 9000.



    • theSkinny81
      1:45 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

      ^ FAIL