Good Riddance to Husbands Who Dump Wives in Hard Times

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey filed for divorce on August 30, just nine months after his young wife had a double mastectomy for breast cancer. And while most in the media are calling him a sleaze bag jerk (and he kind of is), I say good riddance. Because who needs a guy who would leave a sick wife like that?

Look, we don't know the true story. We have no idea why Lackey filed for divorce. Or, for that matter, why any man would file for divorce in the midst of his wife's battle with a terrifying disease. But it seems to me, if you love someone at all, you would want them to experience the least amount of stress as possible until their treatment is over.

But if you can't wait, then by all means, please move on. No one needs a husband who isn't going to be a good one.


When a person is married, they take vows to love each other in sickness and in health. These aren't always easy vows to keep. But they aren't supposed to be. If they were easy, there would be no divorce.

Now, I have no idea what happened in the Lackey marriage and I certainly can't pretend to. But I do know enough about love to know that just because you're no longer IN it, it doesn't mean you can't support the person. At the very least, isn't there enough friendship there to want to help her through a hard time rather than make things harder?

The fact is, any guy who would leave a sick woman like this (or a woman who would leave a sick man) is likely not a person you want around anyway. What happened to empathy or respect? You don't have to love someone to want the best for them, right?

Personally, I wouldn't treat an enemy this way, so if I treat my spouse like this, what does it say about me? I am not one of those people who thinks all cheaters are dirt or all people who do X thing are Y kind of person. But in this case, there is little to be said for a person who does this.

If a woman is sick or injured or her mom just died and he leaves her? Well then good riddance to bad rubbish. That isn't the kind of man you want around.

Do you think there is any excuse to dump a sick man or woman?


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