Cheats always prosper

Human nature stinks so often, especially in so-called sport.

I always think of Dean Richards, the Leicester, England and Lions no. 8 who starred in the Bloodgate Incident; and Luis Suarez, the mercurial Uraguayan footballer who has an outstanding record of crossing the line. (Don’t even mention the countless cyclists.)

Both of my named cheats are now ‘reinstated’ and prospering. Does that mean we are expected to forget their transgressions? Is it OK to ‘put your hands up’ when you’re caught and go back to ‘normality’?

I don’t think so.

Author: Janus

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4 thoughts on “Cheats always prosper”

  1. I don’t know anything about the rugby player but I’ve followed Saurez’s career since he played for Ajax. An outstanding footballer with feet of clay. As far as I am aware he hasn’t said sorry for either the biting or racial abuse incidents against opponents. One wonders what will be his next offence (no pun intended) as it is clear he has not been rehabilitated.

    Saurez is, in my mind, one of the best footballers on the planet at the moment. He possesses the ability to take a pass while on the move and get his body side-on to a rival, shielding the ball before he’s got it. Only Andres Iniesta of Barcelona uses the same technique. Saurez also has a unique turn which outfoxes defenders. He will get the ball and move to his right shaping to shot and as the defender sticks out a leg to block, Saurez will drag the ball over to his left leaving his opponent for dead. It doesn’t sound like rocket science but he does it in a split second and all in the same movement. Sublime.
    Umm, what was the question again?

  2. I asked younger son about the England batsman who did not “walk” and whether this was very naughty. He said that the Australian cricketers are themselves experts at such wickedness, but that of course it was the umpire whose decision, or lack of it, caused the problem. So can umpires be called cheats?

  3. Do they ever really “go back to normality”?

    Weren’t some of the Pakistani cricketers banned for life? A snooker player banned for 12 years? A Rod (baseball) banned for some 200 games?

    Are you suggesting a life sentence for all sports cheats?

    Not me, there are disciplinary panels set up to punish transgressors, some of their decisions I agree with some I don’t, I think that some of the punishments too hard. others too lenient, I feel the same way about the criminal justice system but I’m not in favour of sending all bread thieves to a life of hardship in the colonies or exile.

    Rightly or wrongly your examples were banned / fined. They’ve served their punishments and will live with that stigma for the rest of their days

  4. G’dag, Soutie! ……except that the edge is taken off the ‘stigma’ by their continuing revenue stream!

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