Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/4/12

As an MVP candidate and someone who makes $180 million playing in the city of Los Angeles, Matt Kemp must be accustomed to the celebrity lifestyle. Kemp is 27 years old and one of the brightest young stars in baseball. He has done fashion shoots for magazines and dated celebrities. If $180 million isn’t an indication that you’ve made it, being able to say you dated Rihanna certainly seals the deal. However, Kemp says that portion of his life was a stressful time.

“It was pretty much overwhelming,” Kemp told The Oklahoman when asked about his relationship with the five-time Grammy Award winner. “It’s not something I’m used to. I’m not used to going to a grocery store or to just somewhere simple and people following me around. It’s overwhelming.”

When Kemp goes out in public, rabid baseball fans probably run up to him asking for an autograph or a picture. When Rihanna goes out in public, almost everyone runs up to her asking for an autograph or a picture. Such is the life of athletes dating celebrities, and considering he was later linked to Eva Longoria it doesn’t sound like it’s a life that bothers Kemp all that much. Another interesting aside: Kemp likes to judge women by their shoes.

“I can tell that (women) know what they’re doing or they don’t know what they’re doing (by their shoes),” Kemp explained. “I’ve always liked shoes. I peep everybody’s shoes out to see what they’re rocking.”

Rihanna and Eva probably have some great footwear in their wardrobe, so I guess it makes sense. Any ladies who were hoping to date Matt Kemp that wear Chuck Taylor’s should probably reconsider.

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