Fan Cams Change Players' Lives

New technology has athletes thinking twice about interacting with the public
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 11:24 AM CDT
Deadspin received this snapshot of former Met Cliff Floyd partying with St. John's University students.   (Deadspin)
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(Newser) – The Information Age is great in a lot of ways, but when it comes maintaining the privacy of public figures, it can be a real hassle. Just ask Matt Leinart, Paul LoDuca, and countless other professional athletes who can tell you just how easy it is to have their most unguarded moments appear on the Net—and land them in trouble.

“Harmless situations can look bad if you're in the wrong photo," Indians first-baseman Ryan Garko told "You definitely have to be smart. Everything's changed.” The benefits of public celebrity for sports stars, in particular, are undergoing big changes, as a night's bar-hopping or pickup can quickly make it onto their party partners' MySpace pages.