5 Complications That Make the Arian Foster Mess Even Messier
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.
Arian Foster is in a mess...that he made.
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.