I’ve been feeling down about the human species this week. Trust and integrity seem to be things of the past in many ways.
Over the last couple of years or so there just seems to have been a plethora of “No, no, not me, I am innocent” cries followed by “I am so sorry I stuffed up, please forgive me”.
Sports people do seem to be high on the list but they are by no means the only ones. The first high profile one recently was Tiger Woods and his women. Then we had Lance Armstrong and his drugs. We now have the Essendon Football Club (my team) drowning in accusations as I type. I am an Essendon supporter and have been for years. Hird has always been such a magnificent role model and I DO NOT want him to be one of the bad guys. Plus Mr O Jnr 1 has defected from soccer and is playing AFL for our local club which falls in Essendon’s catchment. If he is good enough…….
We’ve had politicians in it up to their eyeballs, from both sides of the fence. If I typed all their names, I’d fill this article with nothing else. No, don’t go telling me your party are all angels, they aren’t.
All of the ones I can think of protested innocence SO LOUDLY, Lance Armstrong probably loudest and longest, yet in the end the feet of clay crumbled and the stars fell. Then comes the pleading for forgiveness. You know what? As far as I am concerned, you can keep your high profile “I am only human” crap and just go away.
My children come from a country that is known for corruption. My husband despairs of that situation and prays for change for the land of his birth. A place where you have to pay bribes daily just to go about your normal life. Not unusual in many parts of the world, I have to say, as I discovered from a co-worker that even in parts of Europe a quick bribe will prevent a traffic fine.
I want my children to see honesty, trust and integrity at work. Yet when we have these high profile people crash and burn, what am I supposed to say? Yes, they are only human, but is this what humans are about? Win at any cost (whether it be sport or politics)?
Who do I hold up as examples of honesty and integrity? Who do I say can be trusted?
Personally, in the current case, I am hoping that Hird has been nothing more that stupid enough to trust a man with a questionable past. Then I tell myself he shouldn’t be that stupid in his position. I tell myself that the investigations are still in process and procedural fairness and due process must be allowed. I remember Hird’s surgery after the game in Perth and him returning to the field. I hope like hell he isn’t one of the bad guys.
I am a mother trying to raise four children in a new and very different culture. Trying to guide them along new paths. What if Mr O Jnr 1 does turn out to be a damn good player? Would I allow him to be signed?
What is wrong with just being a fit and healthy player? Why all the shady sports science? I don’t like it and I hope it goes away.
I was thrilled we won last night. Yet in the back of my mind, I was wondering. I hate the doubt, the questions, the feeling of being let down. The feeling I may have to protect my kids from a sport I really enjoy following.
Please let it all be OK in the end. I want to know there is still honesty and integrity in our western culture: the culture we are so keen to hold up as being THE best culture in the world.
EDIT: I have just read this article in The Age which shows the forms players signed were specifically, in my opinion, designed to persuade the lay person. http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/players-cautioned-on-injection-complications-20130412-2hr8m.html In my opinion, Dank should be banned for life from ANY involvement in sport.
Matthew Lloyd has also written a good article on James Hird. http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/fight-on-20130413-2hslr.html
- When there is no integrity (this is by a fellow-blogger in Canada about her feelings re Lance Armstrong – very good)
- Drugs in sport; how to (not) manage a crisis in the social media age (redearthbluesky.wordpress.com)
- Hird under huge pressure to step aside (news.theage.com.au)