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Animals on the loose….

And it happens again.

Yet another controversy surrounding the footy players. I am not a footy fan. But I know the players thanks to their wonderful reputation. In fact, I think I understand why cricket is called the ‘gentleman’s game’.

Footy, in my opinion, is an animal’s game. And funnily enough, that’s how most of the player’s seem to behave.

Urinating in public, going on alcohol binges, abusing drugs, driving under the influence, getting into brawls, glassing women, sexually assaulting women…all of this in the 4 years I’ve been in Australia.

The problem with all of this is the lack of serious consequences.

How do you expect someone to learn unless they have a consequence? Isn’t that how we teach little children right from wrong? (I think I made this same comment re Harbhajan Singh a long time ago…)

But no, when it comes to footy players, they get their ‘suspension’ following which they play the game. History should tell us that that ain’t working. Just as it doesn’t work when some students are suspended from school for a short time.

You need something more. You need to take away a whole lot more.

The fame. The fortune. All of it. And only then will they learn. (Or not).

This recent news of the 2002 incident is shocking. What’s even more appalling to me is that there are people out there who are blaming the girl. Yes, I heard on the radio that some listeners thought it was the girl who was at fault. They reckoned that because she was 19 at the time, and agreed to have sex with two of the footy players, she shouldn’t complain that it led to group sex. What the fuck???!!! To all of those people — would you think the same if it was you daughter or your sister?

Just because a woman agrees to have sex with two men at the same time DOES NOT mean she agreed to be passed around like a toy among a whole bloody team. It is not the same thing.

The current consequence of that incident is that Matty Johns has been stood down from his jobs. While that is good, what about all the other blokes involved? Where are they? Why aren’t they facing any consequences?

Let’s hope the NRL takes this seriously this time. David Gallop has said that the players don’t respect women and it’s shameful — what are they doing about it???

Simon Williams comments are just an example of how ridiculously arrogant and animalistic some of these players are. And they decide to send him to counselling. Can I just say, as a psychologist — if a client does not want to change, there is not much a counsellor can do?

It’s high time something serious is done about the NRL players. Little kids look up to these blokes (God alone knows why!). They have a huge rap sheet and if any of us probably did things that these players do, we wouldn’t be in our jobs today. So why the special treatment?

Let’s hope people are at least not so blind as to forgive the players. But the cynic in me says otherwise. That there will probably not be any changes.

Until next time,


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    May 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    These types of things also have a lot to do with who they hire – better lawyers etc. The ability to ‘pay’ helps seal one part of the deal almost instantly, unless it is faced by equally strong defense.

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    May 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    That ‘blame the girl’ thing happens every so often. It’s just too awful that people see it that way…

    And their bloody celebrity status is keeping the players from facing any big time consequences. Ridiculous, really. Hope they take some action against those players and not just let go.

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    Psych Babbler
    May 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

    @ SSQuo: You’re right! Sports players or high profile people tend to get away by paying some money — and that’s not a good enough consequence coz it’s peanuts to them.

    @ Ersa: Yeah…I think what surprises me more is when women blame other women. I think I’ve accepted that some men are idiots and will blame the girl…but women blaming other women is beyond me!

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