Regrettably, I spent time working for the Christian Brothers.*
Once I recall telling a (lay) Deputy of an incident involving our kids at another school.
“My greatest fear”, he confessed, “ is the media getting hold of something negative.”
Not the kids’ welfare.
Not the failure of the School’s systems.
Somehow Demetriou’s “sorry saga” speech annoyed me. He’s sorry it has become an issue.
The gutless AFL are trying the “everyone can move on” caper.
LOOK AWAY! FINALS!!!
The breathless coverage was nauseating. It ain’t a bombshell. Everyone’s known it has been a “Mexican” stand-off for ages. Stage managed.
I’ve no real opinion as I have no understanding of the truth.
But the response smells…………
The AFL gets to grandstand.
EFC miss a finals game they’d shamefully lose.
The 2013 season is minimally impacted by just one dead rubber. September footy will reclaim the masses. The scandal will be buried by the election, the Cup, the Ashes.
A manufactured outcome where both sides will be satisfied. AFL’s authority is reinforced. Hird is deified as victim and gets a new contract. The Bombers’ VFL side gets to play finals this week.
It is all a bit hazy.
The wider footy community might suck it up – after all, they are sick of this being the main story.
But I reckon they still need evidence that something wrong was done and thus punished.
Here’s one symbolic gesture – if, as accused, Essendon have brought shame on football, they must lose the ANZAC Day match.
*(note: I never observed anything reportable – I would not have hesitated despite their bullying, “in-house”, self-reporting culture)