5 Complications That Make the Arian Foster Mess Even Messier

Categories: Football, Sports

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Arian Foster is in a mess...that he made.
Whenever reports come out about athletes having children out of wedlock, most of us shrug and recognize it as coming with the territory. Athletes -- and other people in position of power and authority -- frequently find themselves in public paternity suits. If you are Shawn Kemp, many, many, MANY paternity suits.

Still, there are mitigating circumstances in the case of Arian Foster and his alleged mistress Brittney Norwood that complicate matters dramatically and make for a much more difficult situation for the star running back and his supposed baby mama.

This is how people in power often act.

Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend who got busted for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." For those with power and money, there is a tendency to take risks believing they can buy or bully their way out of any problems that come up. Getting caught is rarely a consideration, so, when they are, it can get very ugly, like screaming-at-a-reporter-on-your-driveway ugly. It is particularly tough on people who are used to be loved (or at least liked) by fans.

By all accounts, Foster is not a bad guy, just someone who (allegedly) made a mistake. Because he has been so well liked in Houston, having reporters show up on his doorstep to interrogate him about his baby mama has got to be a shock to the system. And in our TMZ-celebrity-obsessed stupor as a country, it is only made worse. Still, the problem is exacerbated by the fact that he's a different cat...


His personality makes him a target.

From the namaste bow to the aborted vegan diet to the poetry writing, no one would every accuse Foster of being your average football player. He's quirky, and that's putting it mildly. Some -- and I certainly do not include myself in this -- find his personality off putting. Others even find him to carry himself with an air of superiority, which is why some fans have turned on him so quickly.

In America, the only thing we like better than a star, is one that is falling out of the sky (or perhaps one that is trying to regain former glory after falling, but that's a part of the Shakespearian tragedy we haven't reach yet in this particular story). And when that star starts to fall, anything that seems even the slightest bit out of the ordinary is up for debate, and Foster certainly provides plenty of fodder in that category.


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11 comments
Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

I know this is for page views, but this was a sad day in Houston journalism.

czechpunk
czechpunk

Who proofreads these articles? I've found several blaring mistakes that should've been caught prior to posting. I like the Houston Press but the way some of these are written make me want to read something else...

Priscilla-Keri Woozales
Priscilla-Keri Woozales

Bet he is eating these words now in his previous interview with Yahoo: "I will teach [my daughter] that she is a young goddess. Help her understand her worth. Let her know that she must hold every man accountable for who they are and how they act towards her. There will be a day when I give her away, and they say that a woman spends her life looking for her father in her groom, so until that day I will try to be the example of a man that she eventually will seek out. Men tend to be motivated by one thing. Don't fall victim to a prince charming. If he cares for her, he'll act accordingly." Hahahahahaha...guess he was talking about men like HIM. http://shine.yahoo.com/experts/nfl-star-arian-foster--6-things-i-ll-try-to-teach-my-daughter--165016060.html

stevek77536
stevek77536

Ask Tiger Woods.  Hugely popular, then you have one little fender bender and a dozen women fall out of the sky with claims of affairs ... sheesh.

thardey
thardey

The best for all involved would be for the Texans...to the extent it is possible from a salary cap standpoint....trade Foster while his value hasn't completely plummeted.

Foster, whether by his own actions or by circumstances beyond his control, has rapidly depleted his currency with fans and local media.  A new start somewhere else, assuming the Texans get equal or better value in the form of draft picks or current talent, might be the best thing for him.


Sorry, Arian.  We love what you did for the team.  But, it's time to go.

jrocktexas
jrocktexas

Dangerously close to 30?  He's 27.  That's closer to 25 than 30.

Puller58
Puller58

Sports stars aren't unusual in this kind of situation.  (As TMZ shows.)  So with everything taken into account, trading Foster makes sense.  His iffy health and personal drama would be better out of Houston where many issues need to be resolved on the team.

Puller58
Puller58

@thardey It also remains to be seen if the Texans can revamp the O-line.  Whoever gets to run the ball may find life in the NFL quite painful for the near future.  A banged up back doesn't offer much hope.

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