Throw in death threats, stalkers, and slander from abusive fans and you get a kaleidoscope of situations that can jeopardize any individual athlete or celebrity’s safety and success.
Today’s celebrities and professional athletes are more vulnerable than ever. Because of skyrocketing salaries and high visibility they have proved to be easy targets in today’s world of intense lightning quick media. Negative media portrayals threaten not only their personal reputation but also threaten marketing and endorsement earning potential for athletes and the franchises they represent as well as celebrities and the products they endorse.
Media and paparazzi see many public figures as soft targets. Headlines document DUI arrests. Assault and battery, rape, possession charges. And even murder. Criminals stake our popular night clubs and events looking for easy prey. Throw in death threats, stalkers, and slander from abusive fans and you get a kaleidoscope of situations that can jeopardize any individual athlete or celebrity’s safety and success.
Assaults on public figures over the years have included:
2001 – NBA player Erikk Dampier of the Golden State Warriors was robbed at gunpoint for more than $100,00 dollars worth of jewelry in Oakland, CA.
2003 – NFL player John Mobley of the Denver Broncos was accidentally shot in the buttocks while a fight broke out in a local bar
2004 – NFL football star Keyshawn Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is robbed at gunpoint outside a Berkley California barbershop.
2005 – Actress Lindsay Lohan is involved in two paparazzi related car accidents prompting California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign into law a measure allowing celebrities to collect large damage awards from paparazzi harassing item. “Lost” star Josh Holloway and his wife were robbed at gunpoint by a man who invaded their Hawaiian home