Just How Private Should a Footballers Private Life Be?By: Rob | January 30th, 2010
John Terry. He’s going to be on the front AND back pages of the british newspapers tomorrow. The front pages because he lost a superinjunction in court meaning newspapers can go ahead and report his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend. He has declined to comment on the hearsay, saying it was all deeply personal, wants people to respect his privacy, etc etc.
It strikes me that footballers want it both ways – the perks of celbritydom (the money, fast cars, the fast women, the stupid haircuts) but none of the responsibility that might come with that. Although quite who is interested in what the hell he gets up to in his private life is another matter.
Either way, Terry will be happier looking at the back pages, where he’ll be for scoring the winning goal for Chelsea against Burnley, further stretching their title credentials.
They way I see it, a footballer doesn’t have the responsibity to not act like a young moneyed idiot if he chooses that lifestyle. I don’t really buy the fact that they all should be absolute saints off the field, just because some kiddywinks might think he’s awesome. What’re they going to do? Think it’s okay to cheat on their kindergarten girlfriends because John Terry made it okay?
It does strike me though if you are in a position of celebrity, and do receive a certain number of perks with that celebrity, it’s only right that you stand up and go “You know what? I was an idiot” when people gasp at the fact you’ve been stupid. The going to court to do the whole stopping the press reporting on you thing seems a bit…well ridiculous.
As for whether they should be any on-the-field reprimand for Terry for not being very captainly for Club or Country, well I’m not so sure – it didn’t much effect his game today, certainly. But I’m sure there will be a section of the England support who will cry out that Bobby Moore Wouldn’t Have Done This.
One final thought: No wonder John Terry had to think long and hard about joining Manchester City in the summer. Who does Wayne Bridge play for again? Ah yes.