Why Don't Professional Athletes Hire Drivers?

Brian Hartline is the latest Miami Dolphin said to be involved in a traffic violation, as his truck was found abandoned in the middle of a street after it hit a parked car.  Hartline’s direct involvement is still to be determined, but it still raises the question to why professional athletes frequently find themselves involved in this kind of this situation, when it can easily be avoided.

I’ve never understood it.  Why in the world don’t professional athletes (or Lions executives) pay someone to drive them around?  Rather than almost assure them of a safe ride home, they choose to take the risk of driving at the wee hours of the morning, and lately it isn’t paying off too well. 

Is driving yourself that macho?  Don’t you think having a ‘driver’ would make more of a statement?  I do, and I’m sure it wouldn’t cost much to have one.  I mean….come on…….. exactly how much would it cost to have someone drive you around for a night on the town?  Couldn’t a multi-million dollar salary cover something like that?

Better yet, why don’t professional sports franchises have drivers on staff for their players?  Wouldn’t it be smart for owners to protect their investments?  Heck, each team could have their own limo fleet if they chose to, just to drive the players around.    

Why doesn’t someone take a page out of Vinny Chase’s book and hire themselves their very own Turtle?  Vinny rarely drives himself around, even when he’s sober.  Turtle, E, Drama, even Ari are always there for him when he needs a ride.  Have you ever saw an episode where Vinny Chase gets busted for a DUI, at least I don’t remember seeing one.

Why can’t professional athletes be the same way?  I’m sure a lot of them have their own ‘entourage’ of friends that would be happy to drive them around.  Unless they are worried about someone finding out they are up to no good, it makes no sense to not have one.

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