Why it sucks to be in the media spotlight.
April 25, 2001 12:41 PM   Subscribe

Why it sucks to be in the media spotlight. Need I say more? Why they felt the need to put this in print for the whole world to see is beyond my comprehension. My God... can you imagine?
posted by fusinski (24 comments total)
And then you posted it here, for even more people to see...
posted by silusGROK at 12:43 PM on April 25, 2001

Don't shoot the messenger...
posted by fusinski at 12:45 PM on April 25, 2001

didn't you?

posted by Mick at 12:47 PM on April 25, 2001

men are balanced by having one good, and one evil. we will have to watch his behavior in the future to discover which one remains.
posted by palegirl at 12:53 PM on April 25, 2001

It was a shot... but more of a kooshball than a bullet. : )
posted by silusGROK at 12:53 PM on April 25, 2001

"a minor medical procedure" ... for recent groin pain. Lucky he didn't have a headache. Idea for new nickname: the Unibomber.
posted by greensweater at 1:02 PM on April 25, 2001

I don't see what the problem is. Testicles and ovaries are merely parts of the body. He is a professional athlete, and their health status is covered in minute detail by the press. How can you get in trouble by dispassionately reporting a medical procedure using neutral terms (e.g., "Starks underwent surgery to have a testicle removed")? Lance Armstrong's testicular cancer pretty much blew out of the water any lingering misdirected embarrassment about discussing injuries and diseases of the genitalia. Then there's Mario Lemieux's cancer.

If the reporter had engaged in innuendo about, say, sexual performance or fertility related to Starks's testicular injury or illness, that might be improper. But having a testicle removed is a simple medical fact.

Moreover, while the practice may be disreputable, publishing rumours of medical treatments and diseases among public figures is widely done. But Sparks's case could be considered private because there was no official statement or because Sparks did not comment himself, not because the organ in question is hidden from nearly everyone's view nearly all the time and has a sexual function.
posted by joeclark at 1:19 PM on April 25, 2001

John Starks has testicles? That's news.

(sorry, never liked the guy)
posted by owillis at 1:27 PM on April 25, 2001

That's just the way the ball bounces, Fushinski. I'm sure Starks was happy to be in the media spotlight when it meant being paid millions of dollars to play a children's game.
posted by rcade at 1:42 PM on April 25, 2001

The reporter should be fired. Better, the editor. Guy has pains in testicle. Not related to ice cream he aite. They take off penis. Just like that.
I am old fashioned guy. Where I am from, they first check to discover what might be causing the pain. Then, if (say) cancer, they might remove it etc.
If he had had pain in left arm, would they simply say they removed it because it had pain?
posted by Postroad at 2:02 PM on April 25, 2001

Go Jazz
posted by snakey at 2:17 PM on April 25, 2001

I don't understand why this would be considered to be "embarrassing" This case would have been reported on if it were any other part of his body that was effected. When testicular problems effect so many men, and are often more difficult to treat given that some men ARE too embarrassed to seek medical help as soon as possible, I think this story is fine, even responsible, (although I agree it should have included a diagnosis)

Serious Illnesses and operations give little leeway for embarrassment. I imagine you get over that part pretty quickly, whether you are in the public eye or not.
posted by lucien at 2:25 PM on April 25, 2001

It's this childish sense of embarrassment that kills far too many men through testicular cancer, year after year. And it's the reason why the British govt/ ran an advertising campaign with Robbie Williams last year, reminding blokes to check their balls for lumps and bumps: after all, it's not as if they're unfamiliar with them.
posted by holgate at 2:55 PM on April 25, 2001

.. a little more information than i needed to know...
posted by Zebulun at 3:08 PM on April 25, 2001

Anyone who doesn't enjoy having their testicles talked about by strangers has no business being a celebrity in the first place.
posted by frenetic at 3:12 PM on April 25, 2001

owillis: he doesn't anymore... (heh)
posted by fusinski at 3:28 PM on April 25, 2001

I guess the point I was trying to make with my earlier statement is that it's hard enough being a celebrity getting private info about your life tossed around like it's everyone's business--but for those of you who don't play sports, let me just say that if some guy on my basketball team got one of his testicles lopped off by a doc he would never EVER hear the end of it if even the other guys on the team found out, let alone the whole world. I can hear the nicknames flying around now...

Actually, that's kind of funny. Nevermind...
posted by fusinski at 3:35 PM on April 25, 2001

There's only supposed to be one ball on the court anyway.
posted by aaron at 3:37 PM on April 25, 2001

Not really surprising that this happened.

After all, what's the phrase that some athletes say?

"I'd give my left nut to win a championship ring."

posted by Grum at 3:46 PM on April 25, 2001

it should have included a diagnosis

it did. testicular torsion. it's in the first and second paragraphs. the testicle had been twisted, cutting off it's blood supply.
posted by tolkhan at 10:28 AM on April 26, 2001

Owwwwwwwwww. Thank goodness I'm a girl -- giving birth sounds infinitely more pleasant than having a testicle twist.
posted by lia at 10:41 AM on April 26, 2001

Sheesh. May I never experience either of those, lia.

How does one twist a cojone all the way around like that? What, did he sleep on it funny? I mean, now that we've crossed the too-much-information line, I really want to know. For preventative reasons, naturally.

(Oh, and while we're pledging allegiance... Go Raptors!)
posted by chicobangs at 10:57 AM on April 26, 2001

♥♥♥We're glad you're a girl too, lia♥♥♥

(Actually I just did that cuz I wanted to see if the heart entity worked. Did it?)
posted by rodii at 10:59 AM on April 26, 2001

Screw the Jazz. Go Lakers!
posted by GrooveJedi at 5:36 PM on April 27, 2001

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