Last week, after volatile Metrostars forward Clint Mathis got his most recent red card, New York/New Jersey coach Octavio Zombrano publicly suggested that Mathis see a sports psychologist. We went one better—we described some of Mathis's behavior to Dr. Joyce Brothers, who analyzed what might be behind it.
Patient's background: age 25, youngest of four kids, parents divorced in 1988, likes the nightlife-he has Bud and Bud Light on tap in his basement.
Troublesome behavior: 1) was out of shape for World Cup; 2) shaved head a la Travis Bickle; 3) has had numerous run-ins with refs and opponents.
So what's with all the aggressive behavior?
When you are the youngest child, you've had a whole lifetime of getting away with murder. Also, the youngest gets very tough because otherwise the older kids would beat him up. So he's tough as nails, but when he reaches his limit, he cries and carries on. He's also angry. His parents divorced when he was young, so it was a bitter experience.
What about shaving his hair into a Mohawk?
It's a thumb-your-nose thing: "I'm going to look different because I am different."
And being out of shape?
"So I get a beer belly? What the hell, I'm a good athlete." It's never caught up with him before.
But he's really a nice guy.