I'm sure most of you have heard that Jung Ho Kang is in some hot water after being accused of sexual assault a few weeks back during the Pirates last trip to Chicago. The case is still being investigated so I'll let the process play out before coming to a personal judgement on him. It just got me thinking how my mindset changes in terms of cardboard.
My mind has some kind of mental pecking order when posting cards of guys that are in hot water. I could care less about guys that have been in hot water about steroids. I post cards of Barry Bonds and Francisco Cervelli all the time. I probably dislike Bonds more for being an asshole than I do for using PED's.
Drugs is another thing I don't really care about in terms of posting cards. Dave Parker had huge issues with drugs during his playing days, yet he is one of my favorite 70's era Buccos to collect and post about. If I was a Giants collector I could care less that Tim Lincecum got busted for having a bunch of weed.
Alarms start going off in my head when the crime gets violent in nature. I've received a few cards of Jung Ho Kang right about the time the story broke of the investigation. He could be completely innocent, but I just have no desire to post something until his investigation is over. These kind of issues just drain whatever pleasure I get out of sharing a card.
Another good example is Ray Rice. I never collected Ray Rice, but I accumulated a fair amount of cards of his over the years because they went pro at the same time and played college ball in Big East together. Plenty of dual cards exist, many of which I own. Normally I would have shown these off, but after he was caught beating the hell out of his wife on camera I just have no desire. Those cards get relegated to a box to which it will rarely see the light of day.
Do you guys have this same mindset?