This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.
In a week about speech and words I was surprised today to read: “Whatever one thinks of Lewis Hamilton or his sometimes lurid off-track antics, this is a rare and precious moment in the annals of sport.” It was written a week ago before the U.S. Grand Prix by a Texas writer.
I’m willing to accept the fact that World Champions of any sport can have different lifestyles. There’s money and fame and celebrity we’ll never know first-hand. I didn’t write the sentence so I don’t know what was meant.
But lurid means: “very vivid in color, especially to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect.” What has Lewis Hamilton done to bring that description to mind? Wear a different hair style? Date celebrity women? Have a night life?
Jenson Button wrote in his book that his relationship with Hamilton was weird when both were at McLaren ten years ago.
Maybe the great ones like LeBron or Michael or Ali are different but lurid or weird is a step toward a place we don’t need to go. Or maybe we do.