Rihanna,Matt Kemp and the Jessica Simpson Curse?
Rihanna,Matt Kemp and Jessica Simpson Curse? – Recently comparisons have been drawn between the relationship of Rihanna and Dodgers star Matt Kemp, and the relationship between Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo. Romo was famous for underperforming when his high-profile girlfriend was in attendance during his games. Now, some have wondered if Rihanna may have a similar effect on Matt Kemp.
Kemp, who is usually a fairly consistent player, has seen his productivity fall off in recent weeks after his girlfriend Rihanna started attending games. In fact, recently, he has only been hitting .196 in the month of June, which is about .100 lower than you would expect Kemp to hit.
In his defense, his slump started before his relationship with Rihanna had gone public. Since that time though, they have been seen out together on many different occasions, whether grabbing some dinner or dancing together in the club.
The comparisons between their relationship and Romo/Simpson are obvious. Both couples have been involved in high-profile relationships between female singers and male sports players. The sports stars underperform after their relationship becomes nation-wide news. It is too soon to tell if Kemp will be able to pull out of his slump before the end of the season, as baseball players often do, but it is clear that he has not been playing up to his ability level in the month of June.
Kemp has only hit one home run in the last 22 games. To put that into perspective, Kemp hit 26 homers in just 159 games last season.