Athletes have their own lives. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Sometimes the media loses sight of the fact that these professionals do other things outside of playing sports, but they do. New York Mets‘ star pitcher Matt Harvey is one of those athletes who has gotten negative attention for living his life in recent months and, quite frankly, he’s sick of it.
The 25-year-old pitching phenom burst onto the scene just two years ago when he started 10 games as a rookie, posting a very respectable 2.73 ERA. The following season in 2013, he started 26 games and posted a 2.39 ERA with 12 wins and starting the 2013 MLB All-Star Game before being sidelined with an elbow injury — eventually requiring Tommy John surgery.
Harvey had been in the media a lot before his injury and is now back in the spotlight despite the fact that he’s not playing.
He has been courtside at New York Knicks games and in the stands at New York Rangers games with his girlfriend, but the most controversial thing he’s done this offseason was post a picture of himself flipping off the camera after his elbow surgery on Twitter.
So he’s a bad guy, right?
Harvey is just trying to live a life outside of baseball and New York media members are having a tough time wrapping their simple minds around it.
After a CBS New York article post by Jason Keidel that knocked Harvey’s “wild” lifestyle, the pitcher fired back with this:
“I guess having a life outside of baseball is sometimes not OK, or something. I enjoy going to Rangers games. I enjoy going to Knicks games. I’m a big sports fan, so obviously going to games is something that I’m not going to change. I can’t help what people think.”
What a terrible guy for trying to have fun outside of sports, right?
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