Sports and Celebrity: A double-edged sword

by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport Athletes and celebrity. It's a double-edged sword that cuts both ways, sometimes too deep and too much. For professional athletes, celebrity is fast becoming the thing off the fields and courts that compromise their brands and threaten their careers. Odell Beckham, Jr. has made headlines recently with his very public partying. Some are saying it's too much, reminiscent of the time he partied in Miami with singer Trey Songz days before the Giants' playoff game. Yeah. No one is going to forget that. So where is the separation between athlete and celebrity? Let's be honest. We don't really give athletes 'time off' from their role a pro athlete. Even in their off-season we expect athletes to be 'on'. Our expectation don't match up with reality, and like us regular folks, they deserve time off to enjoy the lifestyle their money earns them. That money also earns them access to celebrities, and now there is no separation. Today's athletes cross over into music, television, film, fashion, politics, medicine, business, and every other social element. Their celebrity helps to build their brands and because of that becoming a professional athletes also means becoming a celebrity. The next conversation should be around how they manage it.  

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