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Matt Harvey believes his critics are motivated by jealousy


New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has never shied away from finer things in life afforded by living in the Big Apple. He is frequently spotted at NBA and NHL games, makes his presence known during high-profile events such as Fashion Week and seems to be dating a new supermodel with every change of seasons.

Harvey recognizes that living such a glamorous lifestyle makes him the target of critics, and the Mets ace believes his most vocal haters are motivated by jealousy more than anything else.

Further, Harvey suggests that those who believe he should maintain a lower profile fail to recognize he really isn’t doing anything wrong, even when he’s supposedly at his most outrageous, like when he shared some pretty bawdy details about his private life on a talk show.

“I’m not going to give up enjoying my life and doing the things that I’m interested in doing,” Harvey said in a recent interview with the New York Post. “I’m not getting caught in a club at 2 o’clock in the morning. I’m going to basketball games and hockey games and going to events and dinners. [The scrutiny] might be jealousy. I don’t know. Nobody knows the hard work that goes in the morning before I do anything. You can only work out for so many hours a day.”

Harvey’s defiance in the face of critics is nothing new for the pitcher, as he on several occasions has ripped the New York media for its coverage of him. He has also faced off with the Mets while refusing to apologize for “having a life.”

Despite his insistence that he won’t change how he lives his life, Harvey does point out he nevertheless has some regrets, like when he agreed to appear in the ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” a few years ago.

“I think there’s a lot of learning process in figuring out what things you want to do and shouldn’t do. Maturing in that way is something that comes with experience and time,” he said. “I did some things, including the Body Issue. I’m not going to say I regret doing that, but I think now if you asked me to do it, I would probably say no. It’s just something fun to do when you’re a little bit younger. But I think there have been a couple of articles that came out that I wish I maybe had had a little more insight [into], maybe that I [had been] a little more careful.”

However Harvey views himself, it certainly seems from the outside that he’s undergoing a maturing process, something that should be viewed as a positive to his fans and critics alike.