Players who become full-fledged lunatics in the media almost always wind up fulfilling a deeply strange sacrificial-wish-fulfillment impulse in sports fans. We collapse the distinction between celebrating them and mocking them so that we can simultaneously fantasize about a life without boundaries and punish the players for apparently living the fantasy.
When a police officer who arrived on the scene after he'd crashed his car asked him why he carried £5,000 in cash, he responded, "Because I am rich."
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