Originally Posted by Playoffs
Well, Sheen is part of the Hollywood star worship culture. Any news is good news, just keep my name in the news -- the reality television "star's" creed. He's a train wreck people like watching.
Steinberg created a whole new type of super agent. He required every client to give a big chunk of their contract to charity or he would not represent you. While his clients got paid, he didn't destroy franchises. And he had a hand in creating a lot of entertainment content and converging sports & the entertainment industry.
But his addiction was with him the whole him, step for step. And it took him and his amazing success all the way down to bankrupt nothingness. Now he's trying again, trying to get back on his feet without the booze.
I find his story compelling because it mirrors what most every man will endure in his lifetime. None of us get out of this deal unharmed, un-diseased, un-fallen, untouched by tragedy. Life trips up everyone at some point. And the true measure of a man is not how he handled the successes, but much more how he handled failure and hardship. I wish Steinberg well in his new life.
Sheen is just a voluntary fool -- a monkey dancing to the hurdy-gurdy for coins. I do think he's mentally ill. But he has shown no interest in addressing his problems, only furthering his clowning career. I have zero interest in that.
I'm saying that people slip into Steinberg's condition, potentially, because it's viewed as sort of an "understandable" way to deal with personal tragedy or challenges in life.
Movies glorify it, the entertainment magazines glorify it, comedy shows glorify it (Ron White is an excellent example). Have a problem? Go hit the bottle and drown your sorrows. It's been prevalent in all societies, especially in Anglo-Saxon society, but never sensationalized and openly celebrated as we see it in American culture.
Charlie Sheen might be the first person to embrace it so openly and so proudly, and he's got a lot of people that think he's cool.
At least Steinberg is attempting to rebuild his life, though.