Professional athletes get more attention than the common man. Some athletes, however, claim that hiring an entourage of executive protection brings even more attention to themselves than necessary. Other athletes consider the extra visibility a necessary evil, as they value the security that a group of bulky, dark-suited, sunglass-wearing men provides. Below are several reasons for and against hiring executive protection for professional athletes.
First of all, the intensified spotlight is a legitimate argument against hiring personal security. Some athletes prefer to melt into the crowds and keep a low-key profile. If someone didn’t recognize Tim Tebow, and he showed up at a restaurant flanked by sober-looking men in black, people will certainly take a second look at this MVP warranting his own security detail. For athletes looking to stay out of the public eye, this extra attention would not be welcomed.
Secondly, athletes who prefer venturing out sans executive protection claim that most fans are harmless. They feel that the human wall between them and their fans seems exorbitant and formidable. Plus, if someone really wanted to hurt them, an incredibly determined antagonist would probably accomplish that even through a layer of security (at least, that’s what Grant Hill thinks).
On the opposite side, hiring executive protection helps keep athletes out of legal trouble. Take James Harden and Dwight Howard, for instance. They’re not exactly known for having a quiet nightlife, but since they employ private security, they have thus far stayed out of the headlines for illegal behavior. Private security keeps athletes in check and provides a buffer between them and any provocations or misdemeanors.
Paying the worthwhile price for executive protection also gives athletes peace of mind. Consider famous boxing champion Floyd Mayweather: he could probably take care of himself if necessary, but he hires protection for his peace of mind. In 2013, he openly waved a checking account receipt in front of reporters – the total in that one account was $123 million. A man with that much self-advertised money would be crazy not to walk around with executive protection, and it’s the same with other professional athletes. They have worked hard to earn what they are making, and they don’t want to jeopardize losing it.
Of course, there’s always the benefit of bodily protection for their families. Male groupies are often more dangerous than female ones (except in the case of Ruth Ann Steinhagen: see link here), so it never hurts to be prepared.
Athletes also need the right kind of security. Allen Iverson was arrested in 1997 for speeding, concealing a weapon, and possessing marijuana even while he had security. He also got sued for the aggressive actions of his bodyguard, so Iverson clearly got a less-than-competent team to “protect” him.
For any professional athletes looking for executive protection services, you can rest assured that you would not end up with a team like Iverson’s if you hire Holliday Investigative Services. You’ll not only have peace of mind and bodily protection, but you’ll never have to worry about the integrity of your security detail. Currently serving athletes in Georgia, Florida, and New York, call Holliday today to start covering your back.