Most professional athletes experience some measure of celebrity while in public, but is the kind of attention they receive always safe? Over past years, professional athletes have increasingly come under attack in public places. The result? More athletes are seeking executive protection through bodyguard services.
Take Michael Jordan, for instance. For decades, Michael Jordan chose to hire bodyguards for him and his family to ward off accosting fans or potential threats. He was often seen with his trusty band of bouncers while out and about.
Jordan is not the only professional athlete smart enough to hire his own security. Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Dennis Rodman, and Horace Grant, to name a few—as well as former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells—all employed extra protection while on the field, court, or in the streets.
Admitting his or her need for a bodyguard is not a matter of being too weak to take care of oneself. Rather, having executive protection services offers peace of mind, as well as a layer of insulation against potential threats. For instance, if a perpetrator lunges at a potential victim with a knife, but the bodyguard steps between them—perhaps with his own weapon—then it’s that much harder for the attacker to achieve his goal of inducing bodily harm. Without that extra body in between, however, the victim would more than likely suffer some damage.
The need for protection against ill-intended individuals is evident as far back as 1949. Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, a promising rookie, traveled to Chicago in June. He was returning to his hotel room and received a forged note from a dangerously obsessed fan, unbeknownst to him, requesting his appearance at her room. Upon his entering, the stalker, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, shot him in the chest, nearly killing him on the spot. Though he miraculously survived, this incident was preventable had he secured a protective detail beforehand.
In another case, Nancy Kerrigan, 1994 Olympic figure skating hopeful, was attacked by a cloaked man toting a club. Minutes before she stepped off the ice from a practice session and while walking through the stadium alone, he emerged from the shadows and swung at her knees with a baton. She incurred a severe bruise from the attack and recovered seven weeks later, but the whole affair could have been avoided with the addition of executive protection services.
Seattle Seahawks’ defensive back Ken Hamlin became involved in an altercation outside a Seattle nightclub in 2005 and suffered head injuries from being struck by a street sign. No security detail had been attached to him, so consequently he had to sit out for the rest of the season.
Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers also endured a stabbing outside a bar in New York just this last month. All these examples show that athletes of this status should take preventive measures to protect themselves against harm.
Holliday Investigative Services can offer such executive protection for professional athletes in need. Now serving Georgia, Florida, and New York, Holliday Investigative Services is just a phone call away. For your own peace of mind and in case any uncanny incidents do occur, you’ll be glad Holliday has your back.