Posted Fri 18 Nov 2011 01:32
Sorry, Zedds, I thought Ado was writing metaphorically. But, okay, we'll use Cooper as an example.
He's had a few problems recently and given warnings. He was involved in an incident that went a little too far and accidentally caused damage (broken taxi window). He was still fined $10,000. He said he would change. Then the laptop incident occurred. Police were going to charge him for theft. The ARU told him if he was guilty, his contract would be torn up. Through good legal reps and some nifty negotiating, the charges were dropped, but he received a $7,500 fine for unnecessary bad publicity. Cooper then changed. That ARU threat was the wake up call he needed. He has since conducted himself more maturely and respectably. I hope he continues in that vein.
Guildford has had a few problems and given warnings. No fines. He recently had to be put in line for bad behaviour in Brisbane. He apologised and promised to undertake a self improvement program. No fine. That was supposed to be the helping hand he needed and he had to deal with it. It didn't work. He failed.
Now follow me here. Guildford needs a wake up call! I agree he needs rehab. I mentioned it twice above already. But needs a punishment as well. He needs to be taken back a couple of steps and then it is up to him to climb them again.
The best punishment is a stiff fine and sidelined from the All Blacks UFN (not that he was very far in there, anyway). It is a tough decision, but one I'm sure Zac can overcome.
That IMO. It is neither right nor wrong. It is the way I feel about it. If the sport wants to be promoted, measures like this need to be taken.