Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp recently hooked up with Tabloid magnet Rihanna and now he’s paying the price.
Soon after the rendezvous and not coincidentally, the LONDON DAILY MIRROR tabloid (of all outlets!) found a former girlfriend of Kemp’s, Felisha Terrell, who said she took a restraining order out against the Dodger in 2008 because of a “violent and abusive” behavior that led to Kemp to getting “kicked out of a club for fighting with a woman.”
The urban gossip blogs have since gone wild with the story, killing Kemp’s reputation to millions of internet users. Meanwhile though, the Brit tabloid has completely wiped the story from its site. But what Mirror editors couldn’t erase is the Yahoo News aggregator that has since picked up the story.
Terrell from the original Mirror tabloid story:
“He is violent and I am afraid. He repeatedly made me scared and gets in my face. He is threatening to take all the items I purchased and try to destroy my property.
“He brings his friends driving up and down the street to try and intimidate me. I am very fearful. He has other people calling me and stalking me.
“Kemp was kicked out of a club for fighting with a woman - I am afraid his behaviour will turn towards me since we are no longer dating.”
The Mirror ran with this because of Rihanna’s well-publicized relationship with Chris Brown that resulted in her being abused.
If the claim is true, I expect the American main media to followup with its own reports.
For all I know, Kemp may have indeed had a restraining order filed against him by Terrell in 2008, but no one would’ve ever known that had the L.A. Dodger not made the decision to hook up with Rihanna.
That set the tabs on Kemp’s trail and it was just a matter of time before a gossip dredged up something from his past. (Again, if he was indeed violent and abusive, I’m not excusing it.)
I don’t begrudge Kemp for wanting to date a celebrity, but this is a clear sign for athletes who traffick in tabloid targets that the upside of the association might not be worth it.