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Andrew Symonds Lets Rip

On Brendan McCullum:
"lump of sh*t"
And get this, on Matthew Hayden's wife Roy believes "a side glance":
"helps the meal go down amply well"

Those familiar with the Andrew Symonds situation will be familiar with his 4 misdemeanors in a hundred and forty-odd days. This latest slurring rant on national radio surely is the end of his Cricket Australia contract. Surely.

However, we all know that for all its political correctness Cricket Australia needs a winning Australian cricket team and the chances of that happening increase many-fold when Andrew Symonds is in the line-up. For this reason, and this reason alone, Symonds will get a slap on the wrist - a fine of some hefty description and a much smaller pay cheque next season.

This issue, however, brings up another important far more important issue about today's sports stars - the fact that watching the proverbial paint dry is likely to be more entertaining than listening to their banal answers to any range of rhetorical questions.

People like Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden (remember the "obnoxious little weed" episode, one the very same radio station it must be added) bring good value and character to the game. They must be encouraged to speak their minds about a whole host of issues, including their best pals' wives. I can only imagine that she is secretly quite chuffed by Roy's compliment. However, we are yet to see exactly how chilled Roy's next beer at the Hayden household is likely to be.

In today's PC world we must appreciate such candidness. Andrew Symonds may be the epitome of the new-age bogan (bogans without pot bellies), but his outlook on life must be heralded by all and sundry and held up as an example of all things that are good to all future sports stars.

Just as an aside, I wonder at the type of glances he has been giving his ex-best mate's fiancé, Lara Bingle. Now that would make for an interesting show down.

Listen to this path-breaking "interview"
and make up your own mind.

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Anonymous said...

He's not alone. NZ's Jesse Ryder made a drinking judgement mistake and "accidentally" punched a glass window in early 2008. it was later revealed that he had been drinking the night before the 5th ODI against England (where he scored 24) and was rude to the Christchurch hospital staff, demanding preferential treatment for his seriously injured hand.

After this incident, New Zealand Cricket basically said that if this incident were to repeat itself, Jesse Ryder's career would be over.

Then in early 2009 he went out drinking with his Wellingtonian mates after a (lucky) win against the Windies and missed team meeting, but NZC said it would never happen again and he got away with a slap on the wrist. Sound familiar!

This problem is past NZ and Australia, past cricket even, it is a problem that international sport administrators should face up to in almost every sport. They set the wrong benchmarks and bad examples and then don't punish their athletes when they step way out of line.

Ayush Trivedi said...

You're a man of wisdom and foresight. Surely you're not telling me that you expected Ryder to be banned from the national team after his latest indiscretion?

In fact, I'm not sure why players should get suffer at all for what they do in their personal time. Would a highly skilled doctor lose his job for drinking too much off duty? I don't think so.

I'd rather have a Symonds or a Ryder playing international cricket than not.

Anonymous said...

Is a doctor constantly on the international stage like these players and will his bad behaviour be broadcasted to millions of people? (And whether it should be broadcasted is a totally different issue.)

Maybe you would change your mind, The Match Referee, when you consider Ryder's No. 1 fan, a 10-year-old, saw his idol punch a window while drunk, then attempted to do the same, and would have injured himself if he had been strong enough to break the window.

Whether they like or not, international athletes' behaviour has far-reaching effects and they MUST keep a control of themselves ... at all times. End of story.

Ayush Trivedi said...

Kebab, if there is one thing I admire about you its your clarity of thinking and forthrightness.

While I do agree that some kids mimic these guys, I think the ball is firmly in the parents' court to ensure that their kids are given a proper upbringing and taught the right lesson when they slip up.

Don't believe the myth. Parents' are children's biggest role models. Not delinquent sports stars.

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