Former ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips has checked himself in to a treatment facility to “address his personal issues.” He was just fired for having a fling with a 22 year old production assistant. Today, she was fired too.
The following is from an Associated Press report by Stephanie Reitz of the Hartford bureau. I don’t know about you, but like the professor’s take.
With his voluntary trip to an inpatient treatment facility, Phillips becomes the latest in a growing number of celebrities to enter rehabilitation programs or seek counseling amid scandals about their behavior.
“If you can say, ‘I’m getting treated for this,’ it can be a way of saying, ‘It’s not my fault that I did it,'” said Lori Brown, an associate professor of sociology at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.
“We as a society are trying to ‘medicalize’ almost everything, even criminal or immoral behavior or behavior that’s socially inept — but being a jerk is being a jerk,” Brown said. “For people who are in the rehab field, it can be irritating to know that someone really needs the resources and can’t get them, when someone else may use it just to hide away for a while.”