How far is too far in sports media ethics?

The lives of premier athletes are constantly under the microscope. No matter how minor of an event happens for a professional competitor, fans across the globe want to know more. The question is, just how far into the personal lives of athletes can reporters dig?

We have all seen the tape from the elevator that Ray Rice struck his fiance, who is now his wife. The security footage clearly shows the assault that took place between the former Ravens running back and his significant other. The video quickly went viral, which would have happened if any normal, everyday person took the same actions.

But, what about the case of Steve Nash and his now ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla?

After a story broke about Amarilla allegedly cheating with Nash’s teammate Jason Richardson, Richardson was quickly traded. Rather than leave the story be, the personal life of Nash and his relationship with Amarilla was dissected and put on display for the world to see.

Even worse, the lengthy custody battle and child support issues that followed were followed even closer by the media. Both sides made public statements about the events, with reporters constantly prying for more and more information.

The question is, what if this happened with your next door neighbor? Would news outlets from across the country be beating down their doors, asking for more and more? It seems unlikely.

Sports figures put themselves in the eye of the public with their career path. But there is a fine line to be drawn when it comes to personal issues that are still touchy subjects to society. Even though we worship professional athletes and shell hundreds if not thousands of dollars into the programs they play for, why do we have to know the latest developments in who gets the cars and who keeps the kid.

A line has to be drawn somewhere, and it should start with personal life.


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