New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune ran a story yesterday about a baby boy named Payton Brees after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. His mom, Jon Lauren Blair, had decided on the name long before she knew the baby’s gender. (And she said she would have used the name regardless of gender.)
Now, I don’t know anything about Sean Payton, and I know very little about Drew Brees, but I do know this: naming children after modern public figures (like pro athletes) is risky business. These people might seem cool to you now, but they probably won’t seem cool to you forever. I mean, what if the person ends up…
- Being accused of rape?
- Or being convicted of rape?
- Or being accused of murder?
- Or being convicted of abusing dogs?
- Or what if he/she abandons your team?
- Or is caught using performance-enhancing drugs?
- Or is caught cheating in other ways?
- Or, what if the person simply starts to suck?
You see where I’m headed with this.
I’m not saying Sean Payton and/or Drew Brees will end up doing any of the things above, but you never know. (Remember what happened to Tiger Woods?)
And that’s the risk.
Do you really want to take a risk like that with your child’s name?