Athletes stalking the media

Tiger Woods tweets spit sorrys, Michael Vick heads to Oprah and Ama’re Stoudemire is a special guest of Anna Wintour during Fashion Week. It’s life as usual in the sports world, which makes this Jets’ obsession that the franchise is being targeted by the sports gossip site Deadspin.com all the more comical.

Just like the Wilpon family’s put-upon attitude on the Bernie Madoff scandal. Or A-Rod’s JFK assassination-level conspiracy theory on being singled out for Super Bowl mischief.

Yes, the Jets were forced to go on “Hard Knocks,” make themselves the most interesting story in the league and keep talking, talking, talking — and hanging out with 17-year-old girls. Just like Fred and Jeff couldn’t stop throwing money at Bernie and getting those fantastical, no-way-something-is-funny-here returns.

And Fox diabolically knew that Rodriguez’s movie star honey (at least five years ago she was) would be feeding him popcorn like he was the Sultan of Brunei.

At least the mirror-loving one can commiserate with fellow Yankee CC Sabathia, who is no doubt telling Hank Steinbrenner right now that he wasn’t posturing to renegotiate his $161-million contract with the pinstripes Lee and Halladay spooked.

Those evil sportswriters surely took CC’s words out of context.

Please. Blaming the messenger might have been all the rage in the 1980s and the 1990s and the early 2000s for that matter. But in the year 2011, when even the most reclusive athlete of our times (Tiger) engages in silly, transparent and increasingly desperate PR “outreach” campaigns, the idea is about as fresh as Vanilla Ice.

Athletes stalk the media much more than the media stalks athletes these days. No, A-Rod’s not digging into a baseball writer’s trash (could there be a less interesting place on earth?), but he and his marketing team (there’s always a team) are constantly seeking opportunities to build his brand. That’s about the only reason he was even at Super Bowl XLV.

Yet as soon as the focus shifts to something un-message approved (like getting spoon feed popcorn from a Charlie’s Angel), the superstar immediately starts whining.

Oh, that media is so unfair. They’re always out to get me. Only, if you look at 98 percent of sports’ scandals, they’ve been caused, created and often revealed by athletes themselves.

Did the media prompt LeBron James to announce his “Decision” in a one-hour special? No, but that hasn’t stopped Bron from screaming persecution more often than someone living under a dictatorship.

If the Jets want everyone to know that doing whatever with a 17-year-old is legal (in both New York and New Jersey!) as they practically scream (off the record of course), than why they are so clearly spooked by this story? Not that there’s anything wrong that. But it’s Deadspin’s fault.

A lot of outlandish statements are being thrown around. But they’re not in the paper. They’re coming out in the athlete whine.

–Chris Baldwin covers the sports media for Metro.

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Send submissions to letters@metro.us.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.