Walter Paytons’ biography will be released in bookstores this week. The former and now deceased star player for the Chicago Bears is a legend, which is why many of his die-hard fans are enraged over the release of his unauthorized biography.
The book called Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton has allegations of his infidelity, drug use, and thoughts of suicide, which fans would rather not hear about. Also known as “Sweetness” he was loved by many and they would prefer to remember him in a positive light.
While his popularity and accomplishments are truly remarkable, a biography typically reveals the positives and negatives, so why is this different? The famed author of the book, Jeff Pearlman, is probably surprised he has received so much backlash, when so many other extremely respected people have had negative biography’s written about them.
Walter Payton was so likeable even explosive ex-coach Mike Ditka is upset is about the release. Ditka went as far to say “I’d spit on the author”.
It is great to hear he has so many fans who support and truly adored him but why is this book so different from any other biography? JFK and many others in the spotlight, who were also well-loved, have had negative books written about them.
Should author’s refrain from writing about legends in a negative light? Would you have preferred the author left out the negative aspects of his life? Should we become a “politically correct” nation all the time, and only say nice things about people? What do you think?