Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is reportedly in the midst of divorce proceedings. His wife Krista has been battling breast cancer and undergone the “all in ” surgery to prevent a reccurence.
Publicly revealed on Monday by TMZ.com, it helps explain the collapse of his pitching skills, which up to this point had everyone scratching their heads to understand.
Because the couple filed divorce papers using only their initials, which the celebrity news site pointed out was a technique tried by celebrity couples including Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, it seems that Lackey hoped or perhaps believed the matter would fly under the radar.
Was filing for a divorce in the midst of a season now gone bad with a spouse suffering from a disease that could kill her, a good move or bad move if one hopes it to go unnoticed?
Just voicing that question is in and of itself the ultimate invasion of Lackey’s privacy, yet investigative journalism of the celebrity kind is not new.
Deadspin.com reported on Lackey’s reaction to learning that what most consider and call a private life was no longer a secret.
“Let me tell you the truth, [t]hirty minutes before the game I got a text message on my cell phone from one of you, somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff. I shouldn’t even have to be standing up here dealing with it.”
The former N.Y. Giants running back Tiki Barber saw a media career collapse after reports of his infidelity that included a decision to leave his wife who was ready to give birth to twins.
Tiger Woods has never been the same golfer since the 2009 revelations of his serial cheating which unfolded over the course of weeks as the tabloid feeding frenzy for scoops consumed the news organizations.
Those men stand amidst the ruins of their lives, made worse when fans and the general public rose up and turned on them. Lackey may fall victim to the same fate, but to a lesser degree because of his lack of national recognition.
The pitcher’s distress at being confronted with his own deeds makes for great stories and his non-denial coupled with the Red Sox statement on the subject confirm the story is true.
“John Lackey is dealing with a deeply personal family issue, and it is one the Red Sox do not feel is appropriate for public debate. The Red Sox request that John and Krista’s privacy be respected.”
His privacy has already been disrespected, but it is difficult to determine why anyone including Lackey hoped or believed it would be any different.