Did you ever hear something, something that has nothing to do with you, but you just couldn’t let it go? This week I heard about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey filing for divorce from his wife. Now you are probably thinking, 'OK, why did that upset you so much?' Well, he not only is filing for divorce from his wife but she is currently fighting breast cancer. The minute I heard this, John Lackey became a despicable human being to me.
Now granted I don’t know John Lackey personally, but after hearing this I don’t know why anyone would want to. I mean this action speaks volumes about his values and character. If nothing else, this woman deserves his respect. I mean at one point he did love her and he did marry her. That alone warrants his allegiance and respect. I can’t imagine why a person with basic human values wouldn’t want to help see her through this difficult time.
I know there are two sides to every story but in this case let’s examine the facts. Fact is, he did love her enough to marry her at one point. Another fact, she has a life threatening illness and could use more support than ever. Final fact, instead of stepping up he ran for the hills.
John Lackey is supposed to be a role model. This is exactly how a MAN shouldn’t act. I mean if he was unhappy, fine, that happens sometimes, but there are ways to still help her and honor what they once had. Why does it have to be all about him? Anyone that has had an ill family member knows that if illness teaches us anything, it is that life is too short. He cited “the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities’’ as his reason. Really John? You couldn’t just move into a separate bed room and stick it out to help her. I mean this is a woman he supposedly loved. If that is what he does to a person he loves imagine what he does to enemies?
Anyone that reads my articles knows I’m big on chivalry and mutual respect in relationship. John Lackey has displayed the complete antithesis of everything I have been writing about. In one fell swoop he has displayed to the world exactly how not to treat someone and exactly how selfish he is. I am a firm believer in karma. What we put out into the universe we get back, good or bad. I myself would not want to put that kind of karma into the universe. I mean after all didn’t he ever hear 'Do unto others?'