Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tony Parker Is Not Cool

You know I'm not one to gossip and rarely do I pass judgement on someone unless the crime is severe, but friends, fans, family, and followers I must confess Tony Parker has disappointed the basketball community and sports world alike with his acts of infidelity. His actions were irresponsible and selfish and I for one am completely shocked by his behavior.

Am I shocked that Tony cheated on his wife Eva Longoria? Of course not. Although Eva is beautiful and famous she is only one woman. Professional athletes have an insatiable appetite and are rarely monogamous. Am I shocked that Tony cheated with a married woman? Of course not. The typical standards of right and wrong don't resonate with a man that just signed a $45,000,000 contract extension and was once voted one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people. Am I shocked to hear Tony was having an affair with former teammate Brent Barry's wife? Beyond words. This is the 2nd time in less than a year we've heard of a basketball player crossing the imaginary line and breaking an unwritten rule. Do you really have to tell someone that your teammates wives are off limits for sexual escapades? The pretty boy superstar has no conscience.

It is even more astounding that Tony disrespected basketball royalty. The Barry name in basketball is like the Manning name in football or the Griffey name in baseball. The ramifications of disrespecting the son of Rick Barry will be significant. Don't be surprised to hear Jon Barry sucker punched Tony after a game or endorsements and public appearances for Tony being cancelled.

The biggest tragedy of this whole fiasco is the betrayal of teammate and friend Brent Barry. The two have gone to battle together. Brent's kids probably refer to Tony as "Uncle Tony." Brent probably confided in Tony about his marital problems not realizing he was speaking to the source of the problem. There is no doubt Brent was devastated to hear the news.

How does this affect the Spurs organization? Can anyone look at Tony with a straight face knowing that he might push up on their wife the minute they turn their back? Tony has broken a trust he can never get back and the Spurs may not recover from the fallout. Once a close knit bunch the Spurs will lose the continuity that gave them a competitive advantage.

If your going to do something wrong, at least have the decency to do it the right way. From here on out mothers, daughter, and wives are ALWAYS off limits, ex-wives need a 2 year cushion after divorce, and aunts and sisters need special permission. Common sense you would think, but obviously not. Hang in there Brent Barry.

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