At a time when there has been fresh talk of reaffirming the need for the respect campaign, the man with limited mental capacity decided to celebrate scoring a hattrick by swearing at the world through a television camera.
There is a possibilty that he could face punishment for his actions but as I post this on the day before the hearing I can not comment on the outcome. Suffice it to say that it would come as a pleasant surprise if it mounted to more than a slap on the wrist.
It is not surprising, however, that various commentators down south have leapt to his defence because he has said sorry in a statement containing words that he could not even understand, let alone write down. It is patently obvious that the action was prompted by a club mindful of preserving it’s reputation with a damage limitation exercise.
Some pundits, managers and fans have already preached the sermon of forgive and forget, citing the apology as proof of contrition.
The motivation for pundits is making sure of their media jobs as the fear of being honest about the situation might cost them dear but the fans are eager to preserve the status of one they see as a hero.
Since 1966 English fans have been desperate for a team or an individual to give them something to shout about as the world cup success and even winning the ashes are fast fading memories. The cricket team was touted as possible winners of the tounament won last Saturday by India, the best cricket team in the world. The rugby team also touted as grand slam winners of the latest six nations series were not just beaten , but absolutely humbled by Ireland.
The relatives of our white settlers are hurting and the thought of admitting that the big white hope for football glory is to be possibly seen as less than a hero is too much to contemplate even although he has been an abject failure at the last two world cup tournaments.
The lad is a good player but being overrated and overpaid has not helped his behavoural shortcomings and to let him off the hook now will not do him any favours.
He certainly needs help to get that massive chip off his shoulder but it is doubtful whether he appreciates the need and it is also doubtful if he can get this help at club level given his current managers understanding of the respect programme.