What’s Valentines Day without a little discussion about sex and lies, minus the videotape?
While we here at WrestleCrap don’t like to propagate anything that might be nothing more than hearsay, we can at least speculate about the meaning of something, particularly since Curtain Jerker’s for discussion that considers all viewpoints.
By now, most of us know the rumors that John Cena’s ex-old lady is claiming that “DA CHAMP” was doing the nasty with an adult entertainer, and that was part of the grounds for their public split. The actress in question has denied it, but of course, given Cena’s stature as an icon, the news/rumor will spread like wildfire (not Tommy Rich).
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that it’s true, and that Cena is indeed a philanderer. Given his commitment to playing a clean-cut role model for elementary school kids, and how he’s been quick to carry the “we have to think of the children” banner in many quotes and soundbytes, should this be a black mark on Cena’s public image?
In my opinion, no. Public and private lives shouldn’t mesh, unless there’s very extreme circumstances in play. As a Michael Jordan fan, I can overlook his own infidelity, as well as his reckless gambling habits, simply because it’s fun to watch him school players of various sizes and skillsets in big games. There hasn’t been a more engaging athlete to watch, save for maybe Muhammad Ali.
Nike, Hanes, Ballpark hot dogs, and other corporate entities didn’t cut ties with Jordan, simply because his troubled private life wasn’t enough to overtake his mythic image. So I wouldn’t think Cena cheating on his wife would slow down the sales of his multi-colored t-shirts.
But then again, Jordan hasn’t explicitly stated that catering to an impressionable generation is a must, and that he and other NBA players needed to clean up their acts. Cena’s carries WWE’s PG-flag openly to the point where any public relations nightmare comes off as bitterly ironic.
So what’s your take on all of this? Should Cena be reviled because his private life doesn’t match his public image, or should we pay no heed to what the man does behind closed doors, regardless of how he portrays himself?