Welcome to April. It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the fourth month of the year. Hopefully that encourages you and doesn’t stress you out. I won’t tell you how many days until Christmas though.
I read an interesting article about ‘sandpaper-gate’ over the weekend. If you haven’t heard, three of Australia’s national cricketers were caught instigating and tampering with the cricket ball in their game against South Africa. While the ‘incident’ has been a source of humour for New Zealand, as we once again ‘one up’ our Aussie cousins, it has brought shame on Australia and their cricket team, with some calling it their ‘greatest cricket disgrace.’
The article brought up the public ‘crucifixion’ (timely at Easter) of the cricketers, but compared it to the serious offending of some other Australian sportspeople. To sum up, there’s a few who are arguably worse than the cricketers. Rather than taking sandpaper to a cricket ball, they used their fists on other people.
While the cricketers have lost sponsorship, rights and received bans. One of these offending NRL players avoided jail time by pleading to a lesser charge and was ordered to pay the family he assaulted. However he has yet to pay, but you’ll find him playing for the Broncos this season.
It seems that public outcry comes after with tampering with a cricket ball, which damages the reputation of the game, and the team both nationally and internationally, but doesn’t physically harm anyone.
I’m not saying there shouldn’t be consequences. There absolutely should be. Cheating simply isn’t fair, or in the spirit of the game. However, as the public, are our standards slipping? Do we care more about sports than the people? As the writer said, “If a sportsman really wants to feel the wrath of a nation, it seems, he needs to damage a cricket ball. Not a woman.”
Of course, there’s a lot more to it. But it’s a topic worthy of discussion.