With success comes money, power, prosperity. The word ‘fame’ follows, for free of course. Surviving them all isn’t a child’s play. As you will read along the lines, one would say even the grown ups are finding it herculean a task juggle with these mega words. Every one suffers the toll of time. Hero we worship becomes obsolate. He rises, rises high and then fades, sets with dignity, giving way to fresh blood. There exists another hero. He too rises, rises sky high but the difference is he falls, falls flat. Both the heroes flood the news. The former for fame, the later for fame-shame-defame. Here are the heroes that turned out to be rogues. Seven role models that demolished badly. Let us throw some light on their life stories, story of inflation to deflation, of ascent to descent.
The Fallen Heroes.
TIGER Woods –
“I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.”16 times World Golf Championship winner, World no. 1 ranked golfer and Forbes highest paid athlete said after his extramarital affairs were revealed with over a dozen women. The regret coming out in a televised statement snatched his stardome, broke his marriage tie and professional golfing took a major setback. Almost all sponsorships taken back adding to his miseries.
Mike Tyson –
The youngest heavyweight boxing champion and declared by ESPN as the ‘hardest hitter in the world of all times’. His shimmering boxing belts all faded when he was
put into prison for 3 years after rape charges, bit both ears of opponent Evander Holyfield in the ring in 1997, and was arrested several times in retirement, a few of those for possession of drugs. He declared bankruptcy in 2003 and has recently admitted he lives from paycheque to paycheque.
Dominique Strauss Kahn –
A French economist, lawyer, politician, and member of the French Socialist Party (PS). Strauss-Kahn became the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with the backing of his country’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy. A role model for many. An all rounder and master of all trades. His glory came to an unfortunate end following allegations that he had sexually assaulted a hotel employee. He had to resign from IMF managing director’s post. In her book, an author writes: “Like all great political animals, he has trouble controlling himself.” The French press quote President Nicolas Sarkozy as warning Mr Strauss-Kahn before his Washington appointment, saying: “You know, over ther
e they don’t joke about this sort of thing. Your life will be passed under a magnifying glass. Avoid taking the lift alone with interns. France cannot permit a scandal.”
Had 3 of these stalwarts ever would have kept a check on their libidinal sense, story of their lives would have been different altogether.
Mohd. Azharuddin –
Team India’s one of the most accomplished C
aptain, a fluidic batsman with an eagle-gaze. In his prime, compared with world’s greatest batsmans. He showed the world how to lead, lead from the front. Money gripped this star too in it’s cobweb. And one fine day in the year 2000 it all ended. Match-fixing charges on the hero brought his ever-up collar down with ICC imposing a life-time ban on the cricketer.
Ramalingam Raju – The man behind the rise and flat fall of SATYAM. In its peak, company being named amongst the 100 most pioneering IT companies. Raju bagged Dataquest IT man of the year, CNBC citizen of the year, business leadership award and many other glittering trophies and accolades. 7th December 2009 became a doom’s day in Raju’s and Satyam’s life. Biggest marketing fraud of India accounted for staggering 7800 crores scam with account books being cooked since 7-8 years. 10 crores was inflated to 200 crores in balance sheets and this gap kept expanding and became unmanageable to be filled. The IT and business charm was eaten by the coal dust as Raju was put behind bars.
Rajat Gupta – First Indian-born CEO of a global Western company, Mckinsey & Company. A business leader in India and US. A multi-millionaire and a business consultant to many big
companies like The Gates Foundation, American Airlines and US Prez Barack Obama. Recently the big boss was sentenced to 2 years in prison and a fine of $5 million after he was caught insider trading, leaking information about shares. The man with such big name and hitherto crystal clear image was convicted in May 2012 with a fine of $ 5mn on account of conspiracy and security fraud(count 3). Even Barack Obama’s comment in man’s favour couldnt overturn the judiciary views. Not to mention he’s a philanthropist.
Lance Armstrong – The name is enough. The man needs no expalaination. Figure loved by every individual, the spirit preached by every sportsperson. When he went on to win his 7 consecutive Tour de France title from 1999 to 05, little did anyone realize that man who kept us dumbfounded and awed with his feats is a masquerader.
The come-back king as he was known after his succesful victory over cancer(’96) had evidently used performance enhancing drugs all these years, surely sportsmen who made him their idol felt a choke in the throat, turmoil in belly and a sting in the heart.
The hope he gave to millions of cancer-affected people through his Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation, look how the ‘feeling-cheated’ people responded discovering the Armstrong lie, in 2012, it was reported that people (including critics) were crossing out the “V” on the Livestrong wristband so that it read “Lie Strong”.
After USADA’s report, all of Armstrong’s sponsors abandoned him. He reportedly lost $75 million in a day.
On May 18, 2013, Nike announced that it would be cutting all ties to Livestrong.
There is one thing Rajat Gupta wasnt maybe taught at his Harvard Busines School and at that others too at their alma mater One thing that life teaches us the best; How to fail? There’s an obvious dramatic turn in one’s life after such career-failing incident. Come back is hard because a) no one expects them to. b) spirit takes a back seat.
No wonder the fresh, rolled newspaer lying at our doorstep freshens this rogue-list almost everyday. Early morning. As the news channel is switched on, newspaper is rolled out, only to find the heart skipping a beat or two, a hero amongst us till yesterday is the new crooked of the day, handcuffed in a police van. And the roll is rolling faster now. One never knows politician in its crisp white attire has blood on his hands, big business buff in all his charm has filth inside, a sport star on the field is dodging us right in front of our eyes, an on screen hero does opposite heroics outside. Afterall, Black and white, shades of life they are, going along, hand in hand….