I actually have a lot of sympathy for Ben Cousins, and I hope that at some point in the future he is able to relax, and think that life is okay, and that the demon hand of drugs has left him. I hope he does no more self harm to himself, and lives a long and good life.
However, he cannot possibly be allowed to play football anymore. The West Coast should do something strong, which they have failed to do thus far, and they must sack him. If they dont, they will have no reputation left at all, if indeed they have any credibility.
SGIO, an insurance company, a solid citizen of the corporate world, must also withdraw their sponsorship of the club. The corporate world should not support a club which takes no moral responsibility for the behaviour of its players.
West Coast must act now, but the fact they have failed to act sooner, has in no small way, led to the events of yesterday.
The fans must also take responsibility. How sycophantic and ridiculous does the standing ovation Ben recieved feel now? Will the sign writer who wrote, “we admire what you have overcome” burn their sign? The undulating support on 6peagle last night was sickening, ‘get of his back’, ‘its the medias fault’….sheesh.
Apparently Ben smiled through his arrest last night, and asked the police to wait so the “West Australian” could get a decent photo of him. Maybe this is a cry for help. Maybe he has had enough of himself. He needs some tough love.
One of the many issues for the West Coast is the line from their song which talks about ‘the men from the east’. It embodies something about their culture which is a ‘them and us’ mentality. WA is a state of pioneers, and rumours of secession. We have not trusted those from the East. Unfortunately the WC Eagles are seen as being part of the ‘us’ and thus immune from scrutiny.
Those of us who dont support them, are constantly suprised by the depth of denial that emmenates from the WC management, the media and their fans. They are the worst behaved sporting club in Australia…bar none.
The lack of media and fans scrutiny of the club have led in some small way to Ben’s demise, and again, I wish him all the best.