Brett and Charlie: Boys Will be Boys?

Or Am I Just a Cranky Old Man?

I don’t want to beat up on guys who are already on the ground, but you have to admit that it’s been a tough few days for Brett Favre and Charlie Sheen. Both icons, known for being a tad impulsive in the past, have seen their psychic stocks take a hit because of (and I’m looking for a euphemism here) “bad decision making.”

Brett has admitted to leaving messages on a woman’s phone machine.  Please note: the woman in question is not Mrs. Favre, and I don’t think it was a request to play Parcheesi. The issue here is not infidelity or an attempted adultery. No. Perish the thought. We hold Mr. Favre to a higher standard. The issue is that number 4 may have violated something called “NFL personnel policy” because the woman worked for the Jets while Favre was a Jets’ employee.

Contrary to many reports, Favre claims that he did not send lurid pictures of himself. (I think the term is “sexting” and I’m told that in some circles this is what “courtship” looks like in the year 2010. Gulp.) So much for white roses. We can only imagine how Mrs. Favre, who has battled back from breast cancer, is dealing with all of this.

As painful as this has been for her, though, Mrs. Favre may still be having a better day than Mrs. Sheen. And it doesn’t matter which of the multiple Mrs. Sheens we are referring to. According to reports, Charlie was found drunk/stoned and naked in a hotel room in NYC, in a room adjoining his former wife and his two young daughters. Charlie had evidently trashed the hotel room and frightened his naked companion for the evening so much that she called the police.

Immediately following his arrest, Charlie was whisked away to a psychiatric unit for a quick evaluation, before jetting back to LA to continue his acting career. Charlie’s PR man had already issued the statement that he had had an “allergic reaction” before they’d even cleaned his room at the Ritz. Talk about euphemisms! Messing with prostitutes is nothing new for Charlie. (Just ask Heidi Fleiss.) And doing so right next to your kids may be bothersome, but if you thought NFL rules are important, nothing but nothing should ever get in the way of something presciently called “2 and a Half Men.”


2 thoughts on “Brett and Charlie: Boys Will be Boys?

  1. Congratulations on calling out Brett and Charlie. Where is the outrage among us other than your piece?
    I don’t read anything but financial papers nowadays because I ran out of Pepto Bismol.
    While Brett certainly has fallen from grace, Charlie Sheen has never been anything but an abusive, wimpy cad and a daddy’s little boy his whole life.
    I believe that we must speak out about injustice, ethics, morality, faith, patriotism, and cowardice no matter what or Western Civ will continue to slip into the abyss.
    Most of us already seem as eunuchs IMHO (precisely what the barbarians want).
    I believe that our women are unconsciously waiting for the male race to step up.
    Here’s a provocative idea for one of your pieces: Why are the Celtics so respected? Could the old-fashioned values and style of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett (plus the recent addition of the great Shaq) be a big reason? That topic might get some juices flowing. Or how about a piece on the great, late Maurice Richard?
    Your note has contributed to my personal resolve to be politely provocative and steadfast.

  2. When the time comes, Doctor, you will make a very fine cranky old man. But we are not there yet. Some years ago, when I suppose I couldn’t find the remote, I sat through an hour-long biography of Charlie Sheen. The word that occurred to me was “entitlement.” His behavior during his younger years, including and especially in high school, when he knew his dad was a huge movie star and his own career would be there for the taking, was a larger and more Americanized version of a phenomenon I’ve observed at a school we both know and love. He always knew there was a net — and, seemingly, he felt he deserved that net out of his own, sheer awesomeness — so he performed however he pleased. Even Oliver Stone, when they got to his reminiscences about making “Wall Street” (the original), let slip his disappointment that a spoiled young star didn’t do more with a rare role.

    My former minister, Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Chuch in New York (who himself ended up resigning in the wake of an adultery scandal), gave a great sermon once about the times we are most tempted. He said when we have done so well we think the rules don’t apply to us, or when we’re so low we think it doesn’t matter — those are the moments when we’re most at risk. Sheen and Favre have spent most or all of their lives in that former position, and witness the results.

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