ATHLETES NEXT UNTAPPED WELL OF PAPARAZZI POWER: The NEW YORK TIMES digs the dirt on the celebrity status of athletes:
The article argues that while Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are monitored 24/7, “not a lot of journalists and paparazzi are camped out in a hotel in Cincinnati waiting for ballplayers.”
But Will Leitch, overseer of Deadspin, wonders how long the apathy of athletes’ extracurricular activities will last.
“Athletes have gotten a free ride. If you’re not at the level of an A-Rod, you probably still will. I don’t think there’s a market for that kind of news unless you have a transcendent level of popularity.”
Leitch cites the example of Randy Johnson swatting away at a cameraman in New York in 2005. “One guy follows him in New York and he freaks out. Even Sean Penn could have handled that.”
Of course, most athletes are responsible citizens and wouldn’t dream of assaulting members of the media.
Right, Ryan Leaf?
Right, Kenny Rogers?