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Question about privacy and Tim Tebow [Moved from New Jersey Board]

Personally I like Jack Guerriero and his restaurant in Morristown, but to report what a patron consumes to the NY Post? Not sure I would have done that. Is this a breach of etiquette?


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  1. I find it offensive. Especially since it was only reported because it WAS Tim Tebow. I didn't appreciate the offhanded religious pundits, either.. but unfortunately this seems to be typical behavior when one writes about Tebow.

    Free publicity for the restaurant, too. Which no doubt will gain patrons hoping for a future glimpse of Tebow again.

    1. Yeah, that is a total breach of etiquette. I find it offensive, like MarlboroMan, above. Leave the guy alone.

      I saw Tim Tebow yesterday, though - when my Pittsburgh Steelers were beating his Jets. The dishes from Guerriero's look good. If I ever get to Morristown, I'll have to check it out.

      1. Classless from start to finish. His comment about saying grace 4 times made it clear where this was going.

        1. If Tebow gained any fat from the Italian cuisine during the preseason meal a few weeks ago, it certainly doesn’t show. He flashed his six-pack abs when he took off his shirt for a post-practice run....(lol, +photo)

          titillation...pure & simple...take it for what it is.

          1. In the end, it is about class. Some have it, but some do not. Most can never attain it - it must come from within.


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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Bill, this is the NY Post ...class?

            2. He's a public figure. These intrusions come with the territory of being a public figure.

              In fact, he's more about publicity than football at this point.

              If he wants privacy, he should've ordered takeout and had one of the Jets ball-boys deliver it to him.

              There is no right or wrong I this case. There just is.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                so he should hole up like a hermit and never go out for a meal in a restaurant for as long as he's a quarterback, because the public has a right to know everything he eats every time he ventures into public?

                While he's been elevated to super-human (note I didn't say god-like) status by a press who thinks we need to know all this stuff, the reality is that he is just a human being with a more exciting job than you or I have, and that he has the right to have a meal out with friends without every detail being reported to the public.

                Should someone write an article about what you or I ate at a restaurant, nobody would care because we're not famous...but why should anyone care what he ate just because he is famous? His body requires caloric input, and it's his business what form he chooses that to take.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  It's the price you pay for being in the public eye.

                  This is especially true for Tebow who actively seeks attention. Mind you, this is a guy who chose to go to NY over Jacksonville ... because of the publicity.

                  I feel no sympathy for Tebow, but then again nor do I empathize with the restaurant owner.

                  And let's be real about this. If Tebow had really wanted to keep his dining adventures out of the public eye, he could've easily had his publicist "work it out" with the restaurantuer. He didn't. He knew what he was doing, just like he knew what he was doing when he ordered the second plate of pasta.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I agree. Tebow's more a celebrity than he is an NFL quarterback. His livelihood is more dependant upon personal appearance than passing accuracy.

                    That being said, when I was playing football in college, there would have been nothing about finishing every bite of that meal - plus a twelve pack - that might have fazed me in the least.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      sorry, I don't agree.

                      Kim Khardashian, maybe- but then again-- look at her. If she wipes her nose, there's someone there to report that she's dying of nasal cancer. (She's a very attractive woman, but there are plenty of attractive women around -- let me know when she does anything to justify her existence on the planet.)

                      But no -- the fact that you are a public figure does not mean that your garbage, your underwear size, or your dinner should be available as gossip fodder for the planet -- there's far too much of that crap already...while there are some exceptions, the popular press has pretty much lowered itself to an existence somewhere below one-celled organisms on the evolutionary chain and most of it just needs to be flushed.

                      He plays football for a living. he doesn't eat in restaurants for a living.

                      I don't care what he eats for dinner, and I don't click on this crap in the hopes that there are enough like-minded people out there who agree with me that these vultures will have to find a new way to earn a crumb. I am not, however, optimistic.

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Actually, the way his season is going, he won't be playing football for a living very long and soon enough he'll be begging - even more - for attention. 'Natch.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Well...... Mark Sanchez is from the city I've lived in for 20 years, so I'm not crying for Tebow. But he does seems to be a very stand-up guy.

                      2. re: sunshine842

                        Well, the local electronic media camped outside of John Elway's house on Halloween, and interviewed each child, after they had visited the Elways', taping the candy and other items, that they had handed out. One TV station went so far as to do a chart on the $ amount, for all of the kids. Class, just loads of class.

                        Nah, they all get their lives, at least from me. A smile and a nod, and that is good enough. Besides, I do not care about other aspects of their lives. They have their's, and I have mine.


                      3. re: ipsedixit

                        Sorry, but I just don't see it that way.

                        However, I might be wrong. Perhaps the celebrities HAVE sold their soul to some devil?


                      4. He's young and huge I can see where he would have to eat enormous meals. Some of those guys eat 8,000 calories a day.

                        1. One of my friends use to waitress at a restaurant where David Ortiz routinely ate dinner. She said that he always politely asked for a double helping of his meal. It had to be all on one plate because he didn't want people to see him with multiple plates. Until reading this article I thought it was weird, but now I understand it. At least that restaurant owner never went to the media with pictures and stories. But then again Boston is a lot different than Motown.

                          1. Contrast this to the server who was immediately fired from Raleigh's Angus Barn for bragging about the very generous tip given by Peyton Manning.

                            1. i've fed a lot of athletes and they can, and do, eat a ton. it just goes to show that people are different and have different nutritional needs, and the danger of declaring "normal portion size/normal caloric intake." what's the big deal? an olympic athelete i could mention can eat a 42 oz steak daily as just a small part of normal weight maintainance,

                              the same goes for people with sedentary jobs vs. physical jobs. ever had the experience of feeding a couple dozen union stagehands? it's fun, but you better have about 4 times as much food as you might think you'd need. same with our local semi-pro football team, who love their vegetables! on the flip side are models, rock stars and media people who want a frigging can of frosting and a diet mountain dew as their "meal." --why isn't that considered "gross?" :(

                              1. soooo this guy never fed an athlete before? it's a silly article.

                                1. I don't see anything terribly offensive about the article.

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                                  1. re: sandylc

                                    Should the owner of a restaurant be reporting to the press what a patron ate? To me that's like a pharmacist reporting what medicine you just purchased.

                                    1. re: coldbeer

                                      The article doesn't articulate how the story was offered up. Who called. Who agreed to the piece or if this entire thing was just phoned in. It's hardly an article. The number of stories reported today without actually meeting face to face is embarrassing. Details are lost and second-hand info is reported as fact firsthand.

                                      I say, we've given this fluff more than enough attention already.

                                      1. re: coldbeer

                                        Should the owner of a restaurant be reporting to the press what a patron ate? To me that's like a pharmacist reporting what medicine you just purchased.

                                        No, that's an inapt comparison.

                                        Your medical records are protected by privacy laws.

                                        Where you go, or eat, or do, or who you fuck, are not.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          Of course, personal privacy might not be protected by any laws, if I read you correctly.