Thursday, September 20, 2012
It would appear that regardless of the sanctions handed down or the public humiliation of being arrested is not enough to stop some members of the sporting world acting like dicks under the influence of alcohol. Just like all of us.
Welcome to central stage boozeville, the Warriors U-20’s. Or some of them.
They got knocked out of a comp, got drunk and caused trouble.
So do we tut tut under our breath and look down our noses at these kids? Do we blame the alcohol culture of youth? Do we point the finger at the clubs, suggesting they have little or no control over their charges? Or do we just shrug our shoulders and smirk at the idiocy?
I’m at the smirk stage. Hell, I’m not going to feign shock or take the moral high ground.
They got liquored, woke some people up and broke something.
Did anyone die?
If they’d climbed in a car and careered about town or beaten the snot out of someone or raped someone, we’d have a decent reason to be enraged. But they didn’t.
Look, I’ll put my hand up. I’m responsible for more than my fair share of boozy antics. I’ve been arrested for drunk and disorderly in London. I’ve been smacked in the teeth on numerous occasions under the haze of liquor. I’ve woken up in strange women's beds, in parks, doorways etc. Does it make me a bad person? Am I morally reprehensible? Nah. Just a sauce hound.
I’m not offering up any excuses or blaming anyone else.
I’m not saying it’s right either.
It just is.
In a perfect world, we’d all be perfect tee-totals who make the correct decision at every turn. Luckily that’s not the case. The world would be a bloody dull place.
So let's cut them some slack. Laugh and point perhaps, but keep the moral outrage for someone who deserves it.