Jesse James had it made. He was married to a beautiful Hollywood starlet. He was seen as a man’s man who you can’t help but like. He had everything a guy could want.
Then, last month, his life and marriage fell apart when an alleged affair became public.
Jesse James had a bad month. However, he wasn’t the only one. The last month has been full of mistakes for a whole lot of celebrities, especially in the world of sports.
So how do Tiger, Big Ben and others stack up to Jesse's? Let’s take a look!
The Skinny: Long considered one of the game’s best closers, Nathan and the Twins entered spring training with their eye on another AL Central crown. However, a torn ligament in his elbow resulted in Tommy John surgery, ended his 2010 season and delivered a huge blow to the Twins’ hopes for another division title.
Awful Month Rating (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being Jesse James Nazi territory): Nathan’s injury will severely impact the Twins’ success in 2010. However, compared to some of the other issues athletes faced this past month, it seems minor. 4
The Skinny: The Rocket’s alleged affair with country singer Mindy McCready is not breaking news as it was first revealed back in 2008. However, Clemens performance in the bedroom, or perhaps lack there of, became a hot story when McCready ran her mouth about their alleged in a recently released sex tape. McCready claims Clemens had difficulty “blasting off” and ridiculed the size of Little Roger the Rocket.
Awful Month Rating: It’s embarrassing, but after what Clemens has gone through it’s nothing more than a minor blip on his radar. Plus, getting to sleep with McCready can’t be all bad! 5
The Skinny: While driving five-year-old son Dylan to school, Gooden was involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving under the influence of drugs. He was also charged with fleeing the scene and child endangerment. Police have not released the type of drug Gooden tested positive for.
Awful Month Rating: It’s just another sad chapter in a book full of them. It would register far higher on the scale if the incident surprised anyone. 5
The Skinny: Mistress Joslyn James releases over 100 graphic text messages exchanged between she and Tiger. In related news, another mistress, porn star Devon James, comes forward bringing the grand total to 15 and counting.
Awful Month Rating: It was a bad month by most celebrity’s standards, but rather tame compared to what Tiger’s gone through in the previous five months. 6
The Skinny: Holmes was sued for assault by a woman who claims that he threw a glass full of liquor at her at Rain Night Club in Orlando. Later, Holmes was accused of pressuring the woman to not press charges against him. The incident is the second in less than two years for Holmes who was arrested on marijuana charges in 2008.
Awful Month Rating: Holmes reputation before the incident was far from sterling. This incident will only further develop the idea that he is a bad apple. 7
The Skinny: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been given a good deal of the credit for helping get a struggling franchise on track over the past four seasons, but his reputation took an awful blow when it was revealed that he tested positive for cocaine shortly after the All-Star break last season. Washington claims it was the only time he has ever used the drug.
Awful Month Rating: A sports figure that made a poor decision? It will taint his reputation, but like so many other sports figures, Washington deserves a second chance. 7.5
The Skinny: The West Coast Chopper is revealed to have had an affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee while wife Sandra Bullock was filming the film, "The Blind Side.” While other names and faces remain under wraps, a slew of other mistresses appear to be waiting in the weeds.
Awful Month Rating: It appears that James may be rocketing into a Tiger Woods-like sex scandal—but featuring Swastikas!—and we all know how that’s gone for Tiger. 9
The Skinny: Big Ben is accused of sexual assault on a 20-year-old college student in Georgia. Made worse by the fact that it is not the first time Ben has been accused of sexual misconduct, the ensuing media circus includes an on-again, off-again investigation that has gained steam since the alleged victim decided to press charges.
Awful Month Rating: A second allegation of sexual misconduct against Roethlisberger has had a profound negative effect on his public image. This could be a career-defining situation. 9.5