We've never considered professional athletes to be the sharpest tools in the shed. In fact, we usually think of them as sharing more in common with two-by-fours than power saws. And yet, even we couldn't help but be a little surprised by the sheer stupidity of one this week.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Jarret Stoll, professional hockey player with the Los Angeles Kings, decided that the best way to call off his impending wedding with Rachel Hunter (model, occasional actress, Stacy's mom) was via an email blast. Read: 20 Relationships And Technology Dos And Don'ts
That's right. A mass email to all the wedding guests. Less than two months before the wedding was scheduled to take place. Without bothering to tell her in advance. Did we mention that we think he's an idiot?
And yet, we know Stoll is not alone. Many, many people who aren't even athletes call off relationships in much dumber, more cowardly ways than this everyday. Below are just a few examples. We trust that you know better than to do any of them.
1. Facebook. In these modern times, it's as easy to change your Facebook relationship status as it is to post new semi-clothed wall photos of yourself looking hotter than ever. Easier, in fact. And perhaps, a bit tempting. But you know what else it is? Tacky. And insensitive. And one breath shy of how a professional hockey player would ditch an ex-wife of Rod Stewart's. Please, whether starting or ending a relationship, do not ever, under any circumstances, change your Facebook status without consulting (or, in the very least, informing) the other person first. Watch: Facebook Manners And You
2. In Public. This is a sad, too-often seen rookie mistake in the school of dumping. You think that if you bring so-and-so to a public place, the dumping will be easier. He or she won't make a fuss. He or she won't yell at you or cry. He or she will politely finish eating dinner or drinking the round of beer you bought and then say, "I understand." This is what you think will happen, but more often than not, what really happens is that you come across as a bigger ass than you actually are, the person you're dumping actually does make a scene, and the two of you find yourselves sitting together awkwardly for way too long waiting for the check to arrive.