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Wayne Rooney Cheating On Wife Story is a Sad Reflection On Humanity

 Wayne Rooney Cheating On Wife Story is a Sad Reflection On Humanity

Wayne Rooney has been caught, according to British newspapers, of having an affair with a prostitute while his wife Coleen was pregnant. Rooney supposedly slept with the 21-year-old call girl seven times in four months.

If the story is true, then it’s reprehensible of Rooney to do such a thing. And conceivably, Rooney may have had the guilt of his actions playing in his mind during the World Cup this past summer especially more-so if he knew that the British tabloids were hot on the trail of breaking the story.

I usually don’t write about such topics on EPL Talk and neither do most of the other bloggers on the site. But it’s hard to avoid this story especially when it features one of the best players in England. And it may have an effect on his Manchester United career this season especially after Ferguson decides how to handle the situation by dropping him, giving him a stern talking to or not saying a word and letting Rooney vent his anger on the football pitch by scoring goals.

But the reality of the whole situation is that this story has nothing to do with soccer. Rooney cheated. And the British newspapers know that these type of scandals sell print copies especially on a Sunday. Just as Rooney reportedly cheated on his wife, many of the British newspapers cheat the public by utilizing their resources to focus on the ugly side of journalism, the private lives of celebrities. But that’s what many of them are in England, the British version of the National Enquirer.

That’s not to absolve Rooney of the actions he took. It was a series of stupid decisions by him.

The sooner Rooney puts this whole incident behind him the better. The best thing for him will be to put in a valiant effort against Switzerland on Tuesday in the Euro 2012 qualifier. But prepare yourself for a tidal wave of mounting press coverage in the next few days. The best thing Rooney could do is switch off all media and concentrate on two things. Saving his marriage, if he’s so inclined. And playing his best on Tuesday which will help shut up some of the critics. A poor performance from him and the press wolves will be on his back to add more pressure.

All of these types of stories make me wonder sometimes how little soccer coverage is focused on the actual game itself, and how much of it is fueled by everything else soccer-related. If anything, the soccer these days is secondary especially when you compare the amount of press coverage focused on a game versus all of the coverage (in the press and blogosphere) on other things such as transfer gossip, football shirts, video games, injuries, supporters groups, hooligans, club takeovers, fantasy football, flubs, mustaches, fashion, etc.  We’re guilty of it, too. But I do find it interesting that the games themselves are becoming, to some degree, less important.

Sex scandals are nothing new in English football. But just as I believe that British newspapers should focus on uncovering stories that are actually more beneficial such as exposing government waste or reporting on feel-good stories, the fact of the matter is that as long as we, the public, continue to buy the newspapers, then the vicious cycle will continue. And sadly, I don’t see it ending. It’s a sad reflection on humanity that people care about these type of stories, and that Rooney allegedly committed the act in the first place. Personally, I’m not interested in the story but feel it’s one tabloid story that needs to be mentioned because it may impact on what happens on the pitch.

For the sake of the sport and the Premier League, let’s hope Rooney can make the right decisions moving forward. It’d be a shame if this affects one of the greatest English footballers ever.

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61 Responses to Wayne Rooney Cheating On Wife Story is a Sad Reflection On Humanity

  1. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Another reason not to be arsed with following England. They make it oh so easy.

  2. Sir Guy says:

    I……don’t……care.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Anytime you cheat on your wife you should expect the worst especially if you’re a public figure. His actions have impacted other human beings. He deserves the wrath being unleashed by the media.

    • Peter says:

      This happens all the time, and the reason is almost always the same
      their sex life got boring, or worse he was put on rationed sex. Women often give up being playful after marrying or settling down
      When will women learn, you deny sex to your man at your peril, he will look for it elsewhere

      • Nick says:

        Peter, my good man, you are an idiot. Blaming a man’s wife for cheating is maybe one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. He cheated because he cheated, only he knows why but if it’s simply the “sex got boring” than that was something he and his wife needed to sort out. Man up and talk about shit with your wives, don’t waste 20 bucks fucking some aspiring actress at a Ramada Inn.

        But Jennifer, I can’t let you go either, because your comment while not stupid seems to come from a misplaced sense of entitlement. Neither I, nor you, nor anyone has any say in this man’s relationship except him and his wife. The wrath he should endure should be from his wife, family, and the scorn of friends but this is his private life. It doesn’t matter if he’s a public figure, he’s still a human being, his profession is as an athlete and that’s what should be reported on. I’m not naive enough to believe stories like this won’t change people’s perception of the man or even that it shouldn’t but what I can stand is the hounding of the press. The story will continue for weeks and for a simple reason that’s almost as disheartening as the story being reported on, people love watching the rich and famous fall for no other reason than it provides entertainment, satisfaction, and humor in their sad little lives. I don’t care who you are or who the person in question is, but I for one will never participate in being part of a weekly audience of the destruction of people’s lives.

        As for my only opinion on this, I just hope that Rooney continues his return to form he’s had lately, England needs that and United needs that. I’ll continue to cheer the athlete for what he provides to the club, not for who he is as a person.

      • That comment by Peter is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day.

      • Nicola says:

        y cant u men realise that maybe when were pregnant and are whole body and hormoans are everywhere we dont want sex constanly and when u married us u married us not us and every women that pays u attention.And if u pay us a compliment once in a while then we might feel good about are selves and want to get naked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        So more to the point WHEN WILL YOU MEN LEARN!!!!!!!!!!!

        • alan says:

          thats the most feminist and pointless comment i have ever seen. not all men are like that so your generalisation is off the wall. there are plenty of men that wouldnt do that. i could make the same stereo types myself, all women are cranky on their period, their wonderful cooks and they love to clean, thank you oh wonderful women.

        • Reg says:

          Trouble is Nicola men are just animals where sex is concerned – if they can’t get it one way they’ll get it another particularly if they’ve got the sort of money Rooney the looney has and most men are particularly vulnerable during the time when their wives are expecting which is sad but true I’m afraid.
          I suppose in a way, Wayne probably felt he was lessening his betrayal by buying sex just for gratification rather than having it off with his best mate’s wife aka the Terry’s of this world!
          What troubles me somewhat more seriously about the masses of publicity given to this story is the fact that it originated in the News of the World one of the Murdoch Group in the UK, along with the Sun and the Times and who virtually control the Premier League in this country? Surprise, surprise, the Murdoch Group via BSkyB
          (even the chief exec is a former Murdoch employee)
          Talk about Citizen Kane!

      • nick says:

        you are the definition of a knob

  4. From Boston says:

    I hardly think what Wayne Rooney does with a sex worker has much to say about humanity – and whatever it says about Wayne Rooney is his business, not mine. Americans are often told they’re puritanical, but nothing beats the English media, especially when it comes to its lust for tearing down its heroes. In the real world, this is a matter for the Rooney family and that’s that. But Capello will be called upon to remember his words in the wake of John Terry’s time in the tabloids earlier this year, when he insisted that his players must remember that they’re role models. Stupidly, Capello has painted himself into a bit of a corner. And his inevitable hyprocisy is imminent. The really sad thing in all this has to be the moment when Wayne reads that his call girls tells the world that he’s actually “not that ugly when you’re sat in front of him.”

    • canyid says:

      I think the statement of humanity is the reaction to his cheating — the fact that it’s lapped up by media who know that a voyeuristic public will lap up any sordid story they can. the only thing we love more than a hero is seeing a hero fall.

    • Brian c says:

      it’s the fact he cheated on his pregnant wife that makes it bad. not so much that it was a hooker but his wife was pregnant.

  5. Simon Burke says:

    Rooney is an idiot and after his earlier transgressions when he was barely a household name you’d think he’d learn.
    I have no problem with the story being printed as its nice to see scum like this taken to the cleaners but I question the timing – it was well known that they held off during the World Cup to help England when they could have printed this then. Instead they do it now between 2 qualifiers – next Sunday would have been better. As always England’s players make it so easy to dislike them and the media pile it on at every worst opportunity.

  6. It is depressing you’re right. But not as depressing as the fact all Rooney needs to do to win the adoration of the English public once more is score a hat-trick against Germany or Spain when the two nations next meet. Then all will be forgiven and forgotten.

    There is a loooooong list of scumbag, superstar England footballers who have been getting away with extra-curricular activities like this for years. Beckham, Terry, Crouch, Ashley Cole et al. But the story is always the same. It ends up forgotten. I bet the majority of LA Galaxy fans have no idea what Beckham got up to in his pomp.

    People only care as long as their memories last and an ‘outstanding performance’ in a England shirt is just the tonic to get them back in the nation’s hearts.

    • lorne guyland says:

      Of course it will be forgotten, because it’s forgettable.

      The only reason anyone, including you, cares about Rooney’s private life in the first place is because he plays soccer well on the TV. Nothing else about him is even remotely interesting AFAICT.

      This is a complete dog-bites-man story, and there’s nothing more tiresome than media and commentators going all Claude Raines, professing to be shocked, SHOCKED!, that superrich 20-something jocks take advantage of their innumerable opportunities to sleep around.

  7. IanCransonsKnees says:

    The big rumour on the football messageboards over here during the WC was that Steven Gerrard was the one playing away and had injunctions left, right and centre to prevent the story coming out. This was said to a split in the camp due to the rank hypocrisy surrounding the Terry/Bridge scenario. Perhaps it was Rooney not Gerrard they should have been gossiping about.

  8. Duck says:

    Where was this sympathy for Terry or Crouch? Now that The Gaffer’s favorite player is busted, then it’s a tragedy to report such stories. If this is true, then Rooney fairly deserves everything he gets.

    • UpTheBlues says:

      Exactly what I was going to say…
      All these people who apparently aren’t interested in this story, seemed to be VERY interested in the JT story.
      Things that make you go, ‘hmm’…

    • The Gaffer says:

      Duck, like I said in the story, I usually don’t write about these sex scandal stories, but Rooney is by far the most famous footballer in the Premier League so it’s important not to ignore.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Bishopville Red says:

        Crouch and Cole did not pull as much “sympathy”, but they are also pretty quickly forgotten. Crouchy has already faded, and Ashley Cole is such a personality that infidelity just got heaped on the pile of dodgy qualities.

        Terry’s will remain a different case. While all of them played away, he did it with someone who will be forever linked with a teammate and allegedly good friend. All of the players’ baggage comes back to the dressing room in some way shape or form, but Terry’s antics blew up inside the dressing room. Subtle but significant difference.

        • Simon Burke says:

          Absolutely right. Terry hurt a team mate and his national team by a player refusing to even play for the team so long as Terry was there. Terry was a captain.

          Had Rooney been captain and done what Rooney did I wouldnt strip him of the captaincy – I would have with Terry because of the effect he had on England team mates.

          That said Rooney is an absolute fool.

  9. Erica says:

    No mention of Colleen’s hurt. Especially if she was pregnant at the time. It’s all secondary to football it seems.

  10. Helen says:

    What an Idiot. Are all men cheats? Cheating on your wife or partner seems to have become the norm in modern society. What are women going to do about it? We just seem to take it.

    • This One Guy in Detroit says:

      Are all men cheats? Cheating on your wife or partner seems to have become the norm in modern society.

      It’s not become a norm in MODERN society. It’s been the biological norm for male hominids going back for millennia. In the bigger picture, what’s against the norm is the notion of monogamy. Even in civilized human society, males with power have typically had mistresses and concubines. Because they can.

      I’m by no means defending Rooney here. He made a promise and commitment to another human being, and he broke it, just like every cheater does. If one doesn’t want to be exclusively intimate with another person, then one shouldn’t make the commitment.

      I’m just saying that it’s just pointless to blame “modern society.” What you’re fighting is, unfortunately, far deeper than that.

      Note, too, that your comment can be easily flipped around: Are all women home-breakers? It takes two to tango. For every cheating man, there’s a woman who is contributing to another woman’s pain.

  11. Another scandal involving the personal life of a celebrity. They’ve happened before and they will happen again. It’s nothing new, so I really don’t see the significance. People have been lying cheating and stealing since the beginning of time. Big deal. I don’t care.

  12. Franco says:

    Good footballer. Scummy human being! Overall rating… SCUM!

  13. UpTheBlues says:

    I love how the BBC just side-stepped over this story, and yet managed to point out a story involving Cheryl and Ashley Cole in the tabloids. Anything for golden boy Wayne.

    He is absolute scum… all of this, especially with Coleen pregnant. Of course this won’t get half the coverage of the JT/Bridge soap opera.

  14. Keano says:

    Lifelong MUFC fan and devoted England follower. Wayne is a disgrace. He hurt his family, his club, his country, and himself. And on top of that, he loves to smoke! Get bent you fat bastard, go play in MLS.

  15. Aleks says:

    People, how come you all believe this shit right away? All this is based on is some “interviews” by a call girl and something Rooney allegedly told his “pal”. Seriously, people? Everyone is so quick to assume that tabloid stories are true. Don’t blame the media, blame yourselves. You are the monsters the media feeds.

  16. Nicole says:

    Condemn Wayne, that’s fine. But the call girl is equally reprehensible. She talks about being embarrassed when Wayne led her down the hall in front of his teammates? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE EMBARRASSED ABOUT.

    She has the gall to collect money from Wayne Rooney…and then sell the story and collect more money?

    You want to earn money the “old fashioned way,” that’s fine, girl. But at least be “professional” about it, as they say.

  17. Vious says:

    Got to love how this is written after a United player gets caught

    If a Chelsea, Liverpool, or Arsenal player gets caught, it is written about how he is a scumbag

    When it is United, it is about society and how this has nothing to do with soccer

  18. Hammerin' Man says:

    Obviously, this author has nothing better to do than to bash Arsenal. Who cares if he’s smashing the back doors in on a call girl? Have you seen this guy? He’s a right munter. It’s amazing that he’s got a bird at all…. I was joking about the Arsenal bit, but I hope gets shamed so low he gets sent to put on my beloved claret and blue for the rest of the season! That’s a proper punishment, lads.

    First gran. Now Billy piper. It’s all gone tits up for Roo.

  19. Guitarearl says:

    I’m sorry, there are a lot of people who have paid good money to see Wayne Rooney help lead the attack for England and Manchester United over the last 6 months. Regardless of the public vs. private nature of his issues, if that’s affected his game, the public should know. Does a father want to buy a Wayne Rooney shirt for his kid, knowing the guy’s a whoredog? Before this started, he was arguably the best English player in the game.

  20. Jay says:

    I don’t care who Rooney screws. It could be a monkey at the zoo for all I care.

    That goes for all athletes. I don’t care about them or their personal lives. I care about being entertained while watching them kick, hit, or run with a ball.

    Oh no, the fact that Rooney cheated is an mark on the very face of humanity. How our modern morals have let us down. Let’s just forget that scandalous affairs have been going on for as long as their have been people, and that they have been showing up in print for about as long as printing was an option.

    To me, that Rooney, or any other athlete, has had an affair is a non story. Your comment on the state of society is even more of a non story.

  21. Bishopville Red says:

    Hey Gaffer,

    I doubt the irony is lost on you that you’ve received a ton of “this is not a story” comments, making this the most commented upon of the last 30 or so EPL Talk articles.

    So… looks like it *is* a story after all! The people have spoken!

    SB

  22. yogimarley says:

    Why? I impore you to answer me, why? Why do footballers find it necessary to be married in the prime of their career? Rooney could have any woman, yet he decided to marry prior to 25; as such he must pay for a shag. Future footballer’s, please wait to get married. Wait until you retire in your 30′s. This would help prevent such wasteful stories.

    • Guitarearl says:

      He needs to remove the whole “granny chaser” label.

    • Tom says:

      Too many people rush into marriage, it’s a massive commitment and you have to be absolutely, positively, categorically certain that this is the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with.

  23. cyberfc says:

    Gaffer, if this is what you truly believe into, then why you did not come to a.cole or jt defense when the were persecuted. Alas, you will find it difficult to make me believe that you’re not one of other biased english-speaking media people! I just love that this happened to ManU and of them all to Rooney, a self-styled good role model, loving husband and a priest! To think he said that on peak of jt saga! What a scumbag!

    • The Gaffer says:

      I usually ignore sex scandal stories. As far as I can recall, the Rooney one is the first one I’ve written about in a few years for EPL Talk. On EPL Talk, we tend to stay away from those topics and concentrate on the sport itself.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  24. Shanks says:

    If Rooney hadn’t a talent for football you’d never had heard of him (or Waynetta)
    No doubt Streford will try to engineer a move from Manchester (I don’t think) for this “once a Blue”; never mind ex-Scouser; it could be worse, your next game could be at Goodison – oh, hang on…

    • The Gaffer says:

      Good point about Everton against Manchester United. This Saturday at 7:45am ET. It’s going to be a long week for Wayne. It’ll be interesting to see if Fergie picks him for Saturday’s match.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  25. Donald D. says:

    I wonder what Fergie must make of all this. His golden boy exposed drinking (as did other teammates) and being naughty. He is going to need more than a hair dryer this time. Will be putting a tenner on an Everton win on Saturday. Thanks Roo.

  26. moneygang says:

    What a shame….

    What stars do behind closed doors will often end up in newspapers. I’m sure he was not foolish enough to believe he was above that. Ive read most all comments, they all make valid points. We build them up to tear them down. We only care how they perform. Rich kid, with the world at his disposal. He is a role as all stars are, especially if you collect image rights money. As a footballer one of the worlds best. As a person, I can’t judge him.

    His wife, family and friends will or at the very least should. His biggest critic will be his child, one day they will the articles of how dad was cheating on mom. He should be honest and tell the truth about it, only than can he begin to rebuild his life.

    It a shame because my daughter is a huge Rooney fan. How do I explain to her that her favorite player treated his wife in such a way and allow her to admire him. I probably can’t but she needs to know the truth.

    It’s just a shame good luck Rooney, you’ve lost a true fan.

  27. Steve says:

    How many times will we read a ‘footballer cheats on missus’ story before we spot the pattern and stop being shocked?

  28. Shelley says:

    Just wondering… how many female athletes have been caught cheating on their husbands?

    • Guitarearl says:

      This goes to more of the “popularity” idea, i.e. there probably aren’t enough headline-material female athletes.

      I would imagine that, in sports, there are a lot of “understandings” that are reached between athletes and their spouses.

      That being said, I disagree about this “shouldn’t get married” idea. It’s a cop out. Every man has the opportunity to go and get laid if he wants to. Just because someone can score 20+ goals a season doesn’t mean it is acceptable for them to stoop to a level of moral depravity. Do you think Wayne’s mother is proud of this revelation, whether he’s married or not? Heck no. We excuse this crap because of someone’s stature, regardless of the effect it can have on other relationships in the person’s life.

  29. richard says:

    What a load of sanctimonius claptrap, motivated by jealosy mostly. Why do young men, earning loads of money, get married so young, crazy. They should enjoy their money, women, cars the lot and get it out of their system and then maybe get married in their late thirties if they want to ” settle down” , and make sure when they do that they have an iron clad pre nup so they dont get fleeced when the nmarriage probably goes down the pan like most others. Footballers probably get married so young becos they are from working class backgrounds where getting hitched stupidly yound and having loads of kids is the norm, mad.

  30. Dawn says:

    Must be something with english football team players that they cant keep their dicks in their shorts. If they did as well playing football as they did shagging people behind their wives backs they would win every title possiable

  31. This is really bad for the image of Rooney and football…shame…

  32. dominic says:

    wayne rooney’s private life shouldn’t be questioned those media shldn’t be concern about rooney’s private life or rather stop disstablizing such a talented player like rooney as they did in the time of J.T.what rooney needs now is to focus on the game and also on his pregnant wife,thinking on how to making-up for his wrong deed and finally put all those scandal behind him

  33. Jacky. says:

    you can’t makeup for this wrong deed,the marriage will not last,how can he cheat on his wife pregnant or not.It was done to me and my relationship with my husband will never be the same.If they want more than one woman in their lives then they must not get married.

  34. mikey says:

    she prob gave up sleeping with him when she got pregnant. prob thought now i have no reason to put myself through sleeping with a shrek lookalike. thats why he had to go elsewhere.
    thats what i think anyway haha
    i know she has made a bit of money herself but she knows as well as everyone else she loves his money too much and will never leave him. sad

  35. Yemzy says:

    Rooney you disgust me. Know that your relationship with your wife will never be the same again. You made your bed now lie in it! Men are so used to getting away with it easily … LET HIM FEEL THE BURN!

  36. Gary says:

    Professional atheletes are subject to many temptations that the average Joe down the steet will never encounter. They exsist in different social circles because of their salaries and the lofty/heroic postion that they have in society. Many are able to handle the money, media, drugs and ladies quite well and turn away from these potential misfortunes. Many fall prey to these temptations and use bad judgement, not being able to see the long term outcome of their actions. Rooney is not the first and certainly will not be the last to go down the wrong road as a pro athelete. He is not the smartest lad in the world but then again he is not being paid to quote Shakespeare for Man U. There are a lot of atheletes in all of the sporting world who would be digging ditches if they were not fortunate enoughto be born in a period of human history where they are paid a Kings ransom to play a game for a living and have their fellow citizens worship them for doing so.

  37. chuck says:

    “Saving his marriage, if he’s so inclined. ”

    You don’t need to qualify that first clause with the second. It is perfectly okay to instruct people to do the right thing even when they are not so inclined. For most people, that is when the instruction is needed most.

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