Curtain Jerker 2/14/13: Cena’s Dirty Laundry

9 Submitted by on Thu, 14 February 2013, 08:00

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?

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9 Responses to "Curtain Jerker 2/14/13: Cena’s Dirty Laundry"
  1. bret_owen99 says:

    Wow, I was actually thinking about writing an article like this, but you beat me to the punch (and by article, I mean forum post). After reading some Cena Tweets (which are never entertaining), he went on about he had to stay off of Twitter because WWE said his comments were too hot for twitter (which made me laugh, after seeing some of the disgusting things he has said on twitter), and that this was the first Valentine’s day in years he was looking forward to (jab at the ex, Ouch!).

    I have to disagree with you Jusin Henry (and I don’t do that that often). Personal and Private lives do mix with your image. Sooner or later you come clean, or it is done for you, and the results are not good.

    You gave the example of Michael Jordan, fine. how about Tiger Woods? After being beaten up by his wife, then all of his mistresses came out, and he was exposed as the person he really was. This not only affected his image, but he really started to play badly after that. It was almost like all of his secrets were his strength, and now that he couldn’t cheat on his wife/have a mistress in every town, he wasn’t superman anymore.

    Chris Brown. Honestly, I never heard of him until he almost killed Rhianna, and that’s all people talk about now, and all I think they ever will talk about. Pee Wee Herman, I don’t need to get into specifics, but it ruined his career for a long time.

    The question is, what kind of person is John Cena? Is he just a cheater? or is there something deeper and darker than that? I don’t know the answer, but whatever the answer is, is how bad it will affect his image. Will he come clean, or will it all blow up in his face? I’m sure there a lot of people who want to see him fail, but only one person who can make that happen, and that is John himself.

  2. Frank says:

    Possibly use the heat against Cena for this as an ecuse for a heel turn.

  3. John Rike says:

    People who hate Cena will just ad this to the pile of reasons to try and justify their hatred of him, and those who like Cena won’t care.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      I have to disagree. I can’t stand Cena the performer, but Cena the regular human being seems like a pretty alright guy.

      Either way, I don’t really care about this, especially since the divorce has been finalized.

  4. patricko says:

    is he just a cheater, or is it darker…. will it blow up in his face……

    Really? two adults end a marriage, and it includes accusations of infidelity.

    who honestly will care?
    ” Oh, that John Cena got a divorce, just like me, now I can’t have little Billy watching him on tv anymore….”


    another poster here referenced someone who beats women,and a guy who got caught spankin’ it in an adult theatre as comparisons…..


    He’s Mr. Make a wish, does great things for charity, and carries the PG banner because he’s a good employee. The fact that his marriage ended in a divorce, and he may have strayed while married is of no real consequence….

    • bret_owen99 says:

      Since I’m assuming your referring to my post, I’ll respond. Mr. Spankin it in a movie theatre was a beloved Children’s host for many years, before his private demons were exposed to the world (moder day example: Elmo). Chris Brown was (in the media, not by me) named the succesor to Michael Jackson.

      My post was very clear in the fact that I don’t know anything about Mr. Cena, but neither do you. Elmo was loved by kids and Adults as well, until his personal demons were exposed to the world. John Cena may be Mr. Make-A-Wish, but the question is, what is he doing when you are not looking?

      The Divorce is either the start of the real personal life of John Cena leaking through into his public image, or the end of it. It just depends on what happens from here on out, and that is up to Mr. Cena, no you or I.

  5. patricko says:

    guess I wasn’t very clear with my point, and I apologize for it.

    the people mentioned… they had really insane, over the top personal issues that bled into their public personas.

    Chris Brown in the news every single day now, with his “doosh of the day” behaviour.

    He beat the shit out of his female celebrity girlfriend, which actually increased public awareness of him. He went from being “chris who?” to “that asshole who beat up what’s her name…”

    Cena got a divorce, and it’s a fairly private affair.
    no police intervention, no white Broncos, mug shots, perp walks, etc. Whatever he’s done in his private life he’s kept private, and I assume he will be able to continue to do so.

    speculating beyond what we know, is without point to the question as posed. Given what we know, do we think it will tarnish his professional reputation? I don’t think so.

    • bret_owen99 says:

      That’s where we have to disagree. speculating beyond the known is fair game. Who would have ever thought that the people I mentioned had all of those demons inside? no one.

      Do I think the divorce and his extra marrital affairs (this isnt’ the first one folks, look up Divas/Mickey James) will hurt his image right now? No. However, that’s all we have heard about. If there is more, and it does get out, there is all the possibility in the world that it will hurt him.

  6. Tommy B Rude says:

    I think the discussion is unfortunately pointless, since it would inevitably turn into ‘just yet another excuse to complain about Cena’. If you asked the same 20 wrestling fans on the internet the same question about anyone else, you’d be more likely to get a sympathetic response. Hatedom isn’t about responding to things you dislike, its about interpreting thing in such a way that justifies disliking them.

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