Superstar to Super-Injunction

Posted on November 10, 2011

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By David Wren

In the midst of the Mike Tindall scandal, we take a closer look at leading figures from the world of sport that have cheated on their significant others.

John Terry and David Beckham. These men have two things in common. The first being that they are two of the most inspirational players in the history of the English Premier League. The second being that they are both alleged to have committed adultery. However, the talk of the recent rugby world cup was Mike Tindall who allegedly cheated on his wife, Zara Phillips.

However, the talk of the recent rugby world cup was Mike Tindall who allegedly cheated on his wife, Zara Phillips. The fact that Tindall’s wife  is related to the royal family meant the story gained more media coverage. Compared to some of the athletes from the world of football, Tindall’s story seems a bit weak. Although there is damning evidence that Tindall was kissing another woman, his excuses seem to cover his back.

Some may argue that players are away from their families on a regular basis, they become lonely and they need companionship. But no, the simple fact is that these men become power crazy and begin to think that they can do what they want, when they want. Disgrace their club, their country and their families. Sports stars may earn millions of pounds a year but they cannot be excused.

David Beckham wasn’t the first high profile footballer to be accused of cheating on his wife but his story was one of the biggest.

In April 2004, the News of the World published claims from Beckham’s former personal assistant Rebecca Loos that she had had an affair with the former England captain. A mere week later, Australian model Sarah Marbeck claimed she had had sex with Beckham on more than one occasion. Howver, Beckham quickly denied claims and there was no evidence that proved Beckham had been unfaithful.

In a time before super-injunctions this was a widespread tabloid story across Britain and it became very easy for publicity crazed (or money hungry) young women to make a quick buck after a quick f**k. In Beckham’s case you can see that there was a clear lack of facts and no real confessions from the former England captain who simply shrugged it off as “ludicrous”.

Current England captain, John Terry, his was a story that rocked the footballing world, especially among the England players. Their own captain cheated on his wife with one of his fellow players- and best friends’ -wives. This was a shocking example of how sleazy and uncaring a footballer or even celebrity can really be.

 After Christmas last year, John Terry was exposed as a love cheat after the England and Chelsea star’s super injunction over the affair was lifted. It was revealed by the press that Terry had been having intimate relations with Wayne Bridge’s now ex-girlfriend and reports suggested that it was still on going. In a game between Chelsea and Bridge’s club Manchester City, Wayne Bridge refused to shake John Terry’s hand before the game.

 If your best friend slept with your girlfriend it would be catastrophic to the friendship. In the glitz and glamour of professional football, it becomes something that is so much more. For such a huge public figure and role model such as John Terry to do something like this was a huge error in judgement. It gained unbelievable coverage from the news channels and from the British newspapers. As a result of the affair (or the media coverage) Terry was stripped of the England captaincy and was mocked and jeered by thousands of supporters around England.

 The real question that needs answered here is why would the man who has everything need to have a friend’s girlfriend? Could it possibly be that he is a bit of an arrogant footballer who thinks that he is untouchable? These questions do not technically have to be answered. Nobody will ever know what was going through Terry’s head.

 If they were plumbers or engineers or even lawyers they would be less likely to cheat on their wives. The limelight seems to encourage well known (and well paid) footballers to think of themselves in a different way. In essence, footballers can feel sorry for themselves as much as they want once they have been caught. At the end of the day, it’s their own fault and nothing can change that.

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