Ben Miller sent along the following:
In professional wrestling, people tend to focus on the negative aspects of the business and look for sinister motives behind every corner. Oftentimes, people take the heel vs. face mentality beyond the ring and confuse a character with the person who portrays it or expects all wrestling promoters to be the dastardly character Mr. McMahon plays on television. The sad truth is that because of this misguided view, good people who’ve dedicated their lives to the business are judged unfairly and painted to be something they’re not.
People make mistake and nobody is immune, including Eddie Fatu. He was a tremendous athlete, but much more importantly, a tremendous person and devoted family man. Unfortunately, there will be those out there who focus on a handful of mistakes he made in his life and speculate on what they believe is the ‘real’ reason for his untimely death. I suspect those same people who will make the ill-informed judgments about Eddie Fatu, would never be able to live under the same level of scrutiny they impose on others.
In wrestling’s heyday, fans would be content to sit back and enjoy the show, cheering for their favorites and vehemently booing the bad guys. Not so anymore. Today’s modern technologies have allowed even the least internet savvy fans the capability of prying into the private lives of wrestlers and given the masses an undeserved sense of knowing about the wrestling business. It’s easy to sit back in the comforts of their computer chair and cast dispersions on the wrestlers who sacrifice their bodies, time with their families and so much more, all for the entertainment of fans.
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