Ramble On Sports

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Rooney the latest athlete to stray

Posted by Bill Koch on September 5, 2010

Add Wayne Rooney – again – to the list of millionaire athletes who cheat on their significant others.

Sensational stories in the Sunday Mirror and the News of the World outed Rooney for his latest escapades while his wife Coleen was pregnant with their son, Kai. Whenever you see the words ‘hotel,’ ‘escort,’ ‘cash’ and ‘pregnant wife’ in the same paragraph, you know there’s about to be some serious drama. Most of you know him for what he does on the soccer pitch while he’s playing for England or Manchester United. Apparently, 90 minutes of action isn’t quite enough to get Rooney through the average week.

We’re not shocked. We’ve told you before that we expect nothing less out of people who have the world in the palms of their hands. This time, though, we have a little different angle to take on situations like this.

Elin Nordegren got it right. Tiger Woods cheats, Nordegren finds out. Nordegren takes the kids and leaves. Nordegren sues for divorce, settles out of court and walks away. No further questions were asked. There weren’t any second chances given, clearly because Nordegren knows that second chances are rarely as good as the first. The damage is already done. That doubt, that broken trust, will always linger somewhere at the front or back of your mind.

Sadly, Nordegren is the exception – and this, ladies, is where you get yourselves in trouble. Rooney had a couple of episodes like this before when he was 18, caught with prostitutes and at seedy massage parlors while he and his future wife were at the beginning of their relationship. She forgave him and went back to him, and by doing that she set the cycle in motion for these current events to happen to her all over again.

I don’t want to speak for my man BDowd or for anyone out there at Ramble On, but I’ll tell you this much – you let me get away with murder and I’m going to do it. I’m not going to respect you if I know there won’t be any consequences. If I ever really cared about you I would never intentionally do anything to hurt you. That includes turning you into an international embarrassment while you’re carrying our unborn son like Rooney just did to his wife. That includes turning you into a punch line by running wild at clubs on South Beach like Ronnie has done to Sammi this entire season on Jersey Shore. That includes carrying on with a collection of skanks like Bill Clinton has done to Hillary throughout their marriage (it’s a business arraignment at this point and has been for two decades, but we use it here because it fits the point we’re trying to make). The list could go on and on, but it’s a Sunday morning and we’re not ready to do research on TMZ at this early hour. Rooney, Ronnie and Clinton weren’t made to pay the price.

Are these women to blame for what’s happened to them in their personal lives? No. We’re not trying to say that. But they’re not exactly helping themselves – or the rest of you – either.

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