Tiger Woods' personal anthem should be the one by Sunshine Anderson, "Heard It All Before." The chorus of that song, "your lies ain't working now; look who's hurtin' now...Heard it all before, ... baby this, baby that..." People make fun of some women who are said to be groupies or gold diggers, but in reality and truth, these women need to ask themselves this most important symbolic interactive question, "would marrying a professional athlete bring me happiness over the course of my life span?'
I encourage readers to be open-minded to the information presented in this column. It is true that professional athletes make more money during one game than our university professors make in one year.
Some women would love to live a life of luxury, ease, and comfort. Professional athletes can provide such a wonderful life. But such pursuits of professional athletes could have deadly and serious consequences for some victims.
Consider the daughter of my personal friend Saundra Adams of North Carolina: Cherica Adams was a wonderful daughter to her mother and father, and she was looking forward to being a mother herself.
The problem was that her baby's daddy did not feel the same way as she did. Rae Carruth, at the time a Carolina Panther, decided that he didn't want to pay child support.
Instead of doing the manly thing by approaching Cherica's parents to tell them that he didn't want anything to do with the baby; he decided to have the woman murdered in a murder-for-hire scheme.
Are you still keeping an open mind? Not all professional athletes do these things, nor are they all evil men like Rae Carruth.
The late Steve McNair, formerly of the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, was thought to be a good and loving husband and father. Many wife cheaters get to live another day to make amends with their wife victims. McNair did not get that chance to apologize and ask forgiveness of his devoted wife, Machelle.
His mistress decided to take things into her own hands by killing him and then turned the gun upon himself. Money, fame, and fortune are not cracked up to be all this and all that, or are they?
Lou and Juditha Brown probably thought that having O.J. Simpson as a son-in-law was the most honorable thing in the world.
Their world would be turned upside down with Nicole enduring years of beating and suffering infidelity at the hands of her husband. Media reports state that Nicole was no "choir girl" herself; nevertheless, no one deserves what happened to her and Ronald Goldman.
Though Simpson was acquitted of those crimes, public opinion still says he is guilty of the murders.
Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles) and Roberto Alomar (Baltimore Orioles) were taken to court for sexually related disputes. Having unprotected sex with any man or boy could have serious ramifications as many teen and adult mothers have been murdered in America because the would-be father did not want a baby.
Such alpha males get many opportunities to mate with different women, thus making the risk for contacting social diseases much greater. Shawn Kemp, formerly of the Seattle Supersonics, was said to have fathered over 33 children. Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Henry (who died in a domestic violence altercation), Warren Moon, and Jim Brown are just a few men accused of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Heaven help us all if some women are looking for love and happiness in this arena. My personal opinion is that LDS men coming home from a mission would make better husbands and sons-in-law. As with men in general, there are good-hearted professional athletes. CBS' 48 Hours Mystery correspondent, Harold Dow, was interested in doing a story on professional athletes involved in domestic violence before passing away on Aug. 21.
Mr. Dow had agreed to come to Ogden, but the Men of Weber are hoping that 48 Hours Mystery will pass the assignment on to another correspondent. To sum things up, I saw a bumper sticker that said, "A man is not a financial plan."
Lee Johnson lives in Ogden. Come to the Men of Weber's Domestic Violence Awareness Banquet at Shepherd Union Ballrooms on Saturday, Oct. 2. A walk against child abuse and sexual assault will take place earlier that day. For more information on the walk, go to www.preventchildabuseutah.org and more information of the DV banquet go to www.menofweber.org