… he goes and does something stupid.
Look, Eddie. Most people find Collingwood to be, bluntly, unlikable. I personally have no issue with the club, but I know lots of people do. Collingwood members are a bit… rough (to be gentle) and are always the ones hurling insults. They’re also the first to throw a hissy if their team doesn’t win. I do have a very clear memory of a disgruntled Collingwood fan sitting in the stands after they lost to the Sydney Swans seriously looking as though he was plotting a murder. A wee bit intense, to say the least.
And then, after one of your fans made an error in judgement last week (albeit, she was a young girl but really – no other young girls have done something like that in recent memory) and you launch to Adam Goodes aide… you go ahead and reinforce the comment.
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. (For the record, I’m not very good at that yet either, but I’m also not the President of Australia’s largest football club and spending tons of time on air – standards are different for you)
You knew it was bad when you said it yet you drew it out.
And good for you that you offered to step down – at least you were going to take responsibility – and I’m glad that the board has your back and doesn’t want you to go. It speaks to your character and shows people that you’ve had a positive impact on the club. But c’mon. Just sort it out. You. Your members. Everything.
Because the worst part is that the guys are playing well on field and I haven’t seen any bad news off the field. But yet this is what everyone is concentrating on: racism in sport. Yes, it’s an issue and yes, it needs to be acknowledged and dealt with but when the Collingwood Football Club is getting all this negative attention because of nothing the players or coaches did… that’s pretty damaging. And you should know better.
Also… you know Adam Goodes is my favourite. People who are not nice to my favourites = people I don’t like. While Adam may take the high road and forgive you, you’re going to have to win me back (which you barely did to begin with).
NOTE: Sorry for being a bit off-topic lately and not giving you my typical marketing ideas and sports economics 101. But this seemed more timely. And we all adore Adam Goodes, don’t we?