Jeter spent the Fourth of July boating with fiancée Hannah Davis in his home town of Tampa Bay. However, while the guy was an excellent captain on the diamond, he’s not such a great captain on the water. You see, Jeter accidentally piloted his speed boat into the restricted waters around Tampa’s MacDill Airforce Base. As a result, the boat cops pulled him over and gave him a $250 ticket.
"This action is totally inconsistent with Air Force values and the responsible airman will face the appropriate disciplinary action," MacDill spokesman Terry Montrose said in a news release. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Jeter for any inconvenience."
Should a member of the U.S. Air Force be writing up tickets to accidental trespassers into military waters and posting them on social media in order to make a joke at the expense of the perpetrator? No, probably not. However, that's the price you pay when your name is Derek Jeter and you've been the beneficiary of hundreds of millions of dollars throughout a lengthy, decorated career in the Major Leagues that was essentially free from any and all forms of criticism. Actually, I take that back. That's the price you SHOULD pay when you are Derek Jeter and you have been fawned all over by everyone that's come in contact with you since breaking into the big leagues some 20-odd years ago.
Seriously, what other public figure would get an apology after having their privacy impinged upon? It seems like there is a new athlete every week getting social media shamed for not leaving a big enough tip. The paparazzi stays lurking around the bend from every C-lister and above at any given time. Those people never get formal apologies and they haven't even done anything wrong. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is out there compromising the safety of a U.S. Air Force Base - albeit unknowingly - and a Red Sox fan can't even blow up his spot on Facebook without having to say sorry after? Bullshit, just once I want Derek Jeter to be subjected to the same scrutiny as every other rich and famous person. The special treatment he's gotten just because he was a guy that played and - more importantly - won in New York without getting arrested, telling anyone off, or having any of the 3,000 girls he banged on the side come forward is inevitably supposed to catch up to him at some point. I would think getting a boating ticket on 4th of July weekend seems as harmless a time as any for it to happen, but it all got straight to hell the second an athlete was issued a formal apology for inconveniencing his perfect life.