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Who Had the Bride Idea Richard Jefferson's Wedding Woes Are Any of Our Business?

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 09: Richard Jefferson #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks puts up a shot over Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets on February 9, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Rockets 124-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2009

For some reason, I have been especially annoyed by the recent onslaught of stories relating to Richard Jefferson and his fiancée calling off their wedding.

Mostly, I just feel like life happens to all of us. Whether we are NBA players or MBA students, we shouldn't have to deal with public scrutiny when it comes to our personal lives.

The counter case that may be made is that Jefferson is a celebrity because he plays in the NBA, and as such, his entire life is fairly under a microscope.

I have had the honor of performing two wedding ceremonies as a minister (certified via the Internet). The experience of being married is both extremely joyful and stressful to the intended bride and groom.

It's a lifelong commitment, and if the individuals involved are unwilling or unable to fulfill their vows, then I fully support their choice not to marry.

More importantly, in this context, it's none of your damn business and should not be included in the "sports" news of the day.

If you don't know about this story, then I urge you to respect the privacy of those involved and move on with your life without further snooping.

To be fair, it's what Richard Jefferson should do for you if you're ever in the same situation.

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