A rogue’s gallery of sex and stu­pid­ity by rich men

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION - CAM FULLER cfuller@post­media.com

I have an un­seemly fas­ci­na­tion with peo­ple who throw it all away.

They’ve got money and power. They’re pop­u­lar, uni­ver­sally liked. Noth­ing can stop them. And then, en­tirely on their own, they blow it.

I’ll be­gin by men­tion­ing the saga of al­most-for­mer pro­fes­sional golfer Tiger Woods. From 2000 to 2009, he won 56 PGA tour­na­ments. Then, in Novem­ber of 2009, he crashed his Cadil­lac Es­calade into a tree and a fire hy­drant out­side his house. Two weeks later, af­ter a dozen women came for­ward claim­ing to be mis­tresses, he had to ad­mit he was a se­rial adul­terer.

His wife left and took their kids. In the last seven years, he’s won eight times, and noth­ing since 2013. Ev­ery time I think about Tiger Woods and his crum­bling ca­reer, I pic­ture that dam­aged SUV.

Woods is fa­mous. Not so Chris Fo­er­ster. He re­signed as the of­fen­sive line coach of the Mi­ami Dol­phins. He was one of the high­est paid as­sis­tant coaches in the NFL, mak­ing $2.5 mil­lion to $3 mil­lion a year.

Fo­er­ster, 55, took a video of him­self snort­ing what looks like co­caine through a rolled up $20 bill and sent it to his ex-girl­friend, Ki­juana Nige. “I think about how much I miss you. How high we got to­gether. How much fun it was,” he says in the video.

He says some more vul­gar, per­sonal things, too, but they can’t be printed.

Lit­tle did Fo­er­ster know that Nige was re­ally, re­ally an­gry about the way the NFL is han­dling the Black Lives Mat­ter is­sue, in which var­i­ous play­ers are protest­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them. Dol­phins head coach Adam Gase, for in­stance, has told his play­ers to stand for the an­them or stay in the tun­nel. He and oth­ers, like Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones, have taken their cue from Don­ald Trump by choos­ing to mis­in­ter­pret a pro-black protest as an anti-Amer­ica protest.

Nige says she has com­pro­mis­ing video of other peo­ple as well. On Face­book, she posted “are there any other RACISTS that swear that ALL LIVES MAT­TER that wanna shine to­day?” She’s a tick­ing time bomb.

Fo­er­ster, mean­while, said “I want to apol­o­gize to the or­ga­ni­za­tion and my sole fo­cus is on get­ting the help that I need with the sup­port of my fam­ily and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.” Three mil­lion bucks a year teach­ing gi­gan­tors how to block, and it’s all gone in a 56-sec­ond video — which he made him­self.

It doesn’t end for ev­ery­one when they screw up, but per­son­ally, I’ll never take Cam New­ton se­ri­ously again. He’s the Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back who at­tempted to be­lit­tle and hu­mil­i­ate a fe­male re­porter who asked him a le­git­i­mate and re­ally quite in­ter­est­ing ques­tion about pass routes last week.

One look at New­ton’s smirky, dis­mis­sive ex­pres­sion and you want to punch him in the face. He apol­o­gized later and, on game day, wore a Rosie the Riveter but­ton on his hat. But who cares? The truth is re­vealed in the ac­tion, not the re­ac­tion. This guy’s a jerk.

Then we have the tawdry Har­vey We­in­stein af­fair. The Hol­ly­wood movie mogul re­spon­si­ble for such films as The English Pa­tient and The King’s Speech was felled by a New York Times re­port out­lin­ing a his­tory of sex­u­ally ab­hor­rent be­hav­iour, even pay­ing off at least eight sex­ual ha­rass­ment vic­tims. And now, af­ter a 10-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the New Yorker has sev­eral women on record ac­cus­ing We­in­stein of rape. Re­sult? His own com­pany fired him.

The Fo­er­ster, New­ton and We­in­stein scan­dals all played out within days of each other. That’s just a co­in­ci­dence. I’m sure it’s also a co­in­ci­dence that all three are male. But you have to won­der why you rarely hear about women fall­ing from grace so fre­quently or with such re­sound­ing thuds. One is tempted to con­clude that men are re­ally stupid, that’s all. We’ll wait for ev­i­dence to the con­trary. Might take awhile.

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