Have you ever heard the phrase "never meet your heroes?" It may sound strange at first, but the people you look to have an allure about them that can quickly be ruined by a chance encounter. That comedian you religiously watch and can quote all of their jokes? They might tell you to [email protected] off in passing. The actor you've loved since you were a child? They may scoff at you and move about their day. You see the trend here? NEVER meet your heroes.
I didn't meet Allen Iverson, my mom did but this seems relevant to this thread. My family would frequent Atlantic City during my childhood. My mom loved to play the game 3 card poker and had a favorite table she would always play at Bally's. Well she went to play one day and saw that it was blocked by security guards because low and behold, my favorite basketball player Allen Iverson was using it. She sat at the next table and casually struck up a conversation with one of the security guards. She talked to him on and off for an hour and mentioned to him that her son was a huge fan of AI. The bouncer saw her with a pen and cocktail napkin and looked in the opposite direction. My mom approached AI and asked if she could get his autograph for her son who was a huge fan. He told her "get the f_ck away from me you f_cking bitch". I threw away his Jersey I owned the next day and have hated the 76ers ever since. (Source)