You know in real life where if you do something illegal, say, get caught snorting cocaine, or an assault, your life generally goes a bit downhill for a while, and deservedly so. Most employers take a pretty dim view of this kind of thing and would fire you the moment ‘trial’ was mentioned in conversation. Certainly my employment is on condition of a spotless police check.
So how is it that footballers and pop stars get let off with nothing more than a rap on the knuckles, a small ban and then they are back in action again?
I’ve noticed for some time that there is this one rule for one and one for another, especially in football, where players seem to be caught up to no good and routinely get away with it, where as the rest of the population would be left with a criminal record that basically means job options shrink down to ‘do you want fries with that’
These people are hero figures to impressionable kids growing up in the most vulnerable time of their young lives, so I don’t understand how the authorities, particularly in football, give these morons so many chances.
It sends out all the wrong signals – how its okay to break the law, do drugs, get into drunken fights, provided you grovel, apologise, tell everyone how terrible you feel and how you’ve let everyone down.
No, you’re only sorry you got caught. Tiger Woods – are you listening?
My feeling is, these sportsmen should be hung upto dry. They have huge salaries, huge responsibilities, so if they stuff up, they should be out – forever. Just like you or I would be.
But no, one rule for one, as long as you’re a sporting hero, its okay to be bad, you’ll be forgiven and welcomed back with open arms.