Tuesday night was Jesse James’ big “Nightline” interview. We were all waiting to find out what he had to say for himself after the heinous Sandra Bullock betrayal. So what was his million dollar excuse? He says he cheated because he was abused as a child. “[My persona] is a smoke screen so people won’t see that I’m a scared, abused kid,” he said. “I grew up with a huge amount of shame and fear and abandonment on my shoulders from a very young age and I think, you know, the way my mind rationalized [cheating], ‘Well, you know, I might as well do whatever I can to like run her off cause she is going to find out what I am anyway and leave me anyway.’” I personally felt sad for him that he waited so long to deal with his issues and they, in turn, ruined his life. Sandra will be fine. He seems like much more of a victim to me. All that being said, I still don’t think what he did was justified. So what did you think? Satisfying explanation or total BS?
It’s always a little hard to know what to think when a famous guy explains the psychology of why he cheated. After all, is there really any excuse? After the jump, let’s play a little game. Match the cheater with the rationalization they gave.
|The Cheater||The Excuse|
|A. Tiger Woods||“I have had sex with women … that’s a decision for them to make if they want to come public and talk about the relationships. What you don’t want is a guy saying, ‘I know you had sex with women and I want $2 million or I’m going to make trouble for you.’”|
|B. Bill Clinton||“I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible … I was associated with a woman. She asked for money. I felt as though I was being blackmailed or there was some sort of extortion.”|
|C. David Letterman||“It’s all fed a self-focus, an egotism, narcissism … It leads you to think you’re invincible.”|
|D. Jim McGreevey||“I think I did something for the worst possible reason—just because I could. I think that’s the most, just about the most morally indefensible reason that anybody could have for doing anything.”|
|E. David Boreanaz||“I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply.”|
|F. John Edwards||“Throughout my life I’ve grappled with my own identity … my truth is that I am a gay American.”|
Your guesses, please. I’ll be posting the answers in the comments in an hour.