( I wrote this last week but never got around to posting it. I know it’s a little late but I didn’t feel like dumping it in the trash).
During the Super Bowl, one story that got a lot of air-time was that of Justin Kerrigan who admitted to a news reporter that he had shelled out $ 21,000 on Super Bowl tickets for himself and his friends. Factoring in airplane tickets, hotel accommodations and Tailgate parties, he estimated that he would be spending about $ 30,000 on the trip for himself and his four friends. In the televised interview, he then blurted out ” Don’t tell my wife”.
A little too late for that, dude. That interview was aired repeatedly and even wound up on You Tube. No way your wife didn’t come to know about it.
$ 30,000 is a significant amount of money for anyone , but especially for a working class stiff as Kerrigan seemed to be. For the ultra-rich, thirty thousand may be inconsequential but Kerrigan almost certainly wasn’t in that category. If he had been, he would not have worried about his wife finding out.
Most people who commented on the story felt that Kerrigan’s wife should divorce him. One person said that she should do that after she beat him up. I really feel for the wife because she doesn’t have any really good options. Yes, she has to divorce him because there is no way she could trust him after the stunt he pulled. However, given this guy’s improvident ways, what kind of a divorce settlement can she expect?
There is one aspect of this sorry episode that has not been touched on by any of the news stories and that is the culpability of his friends. How could these guys let Kerrigan spend all this money on them? Don’t they feel any guilt or remorse over how this will play out? What kind of friends are they ? Friends or freeloaders? I hope they decide to reimburse Kerrigan at least part of the cost of the trip, but I’m not very sanguine about it.