Grizzly old fart
Fair enough Bear.
I would say that off field can affect the on field. Players need to not be thinking about what's going on at home or indeed in the courts. I read a bit on sports psychology and the modern way is to have off field sorted and then focus on the task at hand.
I accept that. I was more looking at the response of the audience rather than the player. If his off field behaviour affects his on field performance negatively, certainly that is an issue, as I kind of alluded to in my previous comments. I was more concerned with how we perceive and appreciate what he produces on the field, which is separate from what he does elsewhere.
Its a bit like the issue relating to Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and even Rolf Harris or for that matter Vincent Van Gogh. You can admire their work impartially for what it is. Their personal foolish and at times criminal behaviour does not diminish the value of work they produce, even though their personal life may be in some ways reflected in their art. We can hate the action, but people are more than just specific negative elements of their life. Some quite vicious gang land people I knew were kind and considerate to their family. Some people considered saints in the community, were horrors in the home. You never really know the full complexity of an individual and why they are what they are.