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Who Are Sports Untouchables?

If you decided to read on you probably are very curious about where I am headed with this posting based on the title. To me the sports "untouchables" are the athletes that no matter what they do, get a pass from the fans and media. In some ways their private lives aren’t discussed, it’s off limits respected by fans and the media and that’s just the way it is. They aren’t hounded by the media if they do something wrong and their reasoning is accepted and everyone moves on. Let me give you a few examples:

  • Derek Jeter – in my opinion the king of NY. If he is at a night club in the wee hours of the morning I would be surprised if it is reported. If he is seen out at a fancy restaurant with a date, it isn’t reported and if it is it isn’t a headline.
  • David "Big Papi" Ortiz. Big smile, big burly guy who always seems to make time for the fans and media. Was pretty much in a season-long slump. It took him a very long time to hit his first homer of the year. The amazing thing is I recall listening to Steve Phillips on ESPN saying this is what David needs to do: he needs to stay back, go the other way etc. I never heard one person or read one article say he was done, his career was over, he was washed up.
  • Dirk Nowitzki. Great basketball player – one of the best in the league. Recently during the playoff series vs. the Denver Nuggets his girlfriend (maybe fiancée) at the time was arrested at his house. When the media asked him questions, he said "no comment, I am not emotionally ready to discuss this yet." The media said fine and accepted that.

All three examples I gave I believe are athletes that are considered untouchable. Unlike Terrell Owens, AROD, Plaxico Burress and many others.

The questions I have for you:

  • Are some athletes untouchable?
  • Why is that?
  • What do you think of my choices?
  • Who else makes the list?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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