Sad story but true from news.com.au
check it out below and please comment whether you agree or not.
The interview reveals a great deal about a parent’s battle to support a child through almost unprecedented levels of pressure and scrutiny.
Please pass the link on to others, particularly those standing on soapboxes or flinging rocks from glazed domiciles, and to those whose mouths seem unconnected to any human brain let alone their own.
Congratulations to Ben and family, Kevin Sheedy, the mighty Tigers and kudos to Perth’s abc radio.
oh, one last thing… watch out for vultures! There are media people already drafting stories about Ben’s future failure – certain that it will come and that they will profit from his failure.
The best way to dreal with these flying vermin is to ignore them – so choose your media wisely
Ben Cousins has been selected to play for the Richmond AFL club.
Story and Video here from my colleagues at WA Today ( Fairfax Digital/Radio )
I’m not a joiner, but I will become a member at the Victorian club to show both; support for their bold action, and send a message to the Eagles and AFL that they should not expect a Christmas card.
Listen in to sports tonight on local radio 6PR from 1700hrs local
( 1000 UTC/Greenwich ) to hear the full story.
click here for the link and then click on “listen live.”
Remember, Ben has been battling an illness, has not been convicted of anything and yet has been villified and isolated by big sections of the Media, AFL and various Club administrators.
I trust these big tough aussie men who run these shows will abandon their own children if they get hooked on drugs and make sure they can’t continue their careers. They may also realise their institutionalised booze drinking is a drug addiction and sack themselves.
Many of them will be waiting for Ben to fail so they can crack a tinnie and say ” told you so!”
There is a growing number of people who see the AFL’s abandonment of ill champion Ben Cousins as a tragic mistake.
Even among media colleagues, people are stepping back and asking some crucial questions after the feeding frenzy of the last 2 years where logic, compassion, and often, the truth were missing.
I am not alone in being concerned about the demonstrably sick AFL community as much as Ben.
Fairfax Digital’s Tim Lane makes some key points in the article posted here – please read it and pass it on. If you are so motivated, contact your MP, media, footy club or friends and ask a few questions yourself.
So, what hope is there in australia for more ordinary mortals who admit drug use but are not convicted – do we ban them from their job forever and expose them to unwarranted ridicule, do we keep pretending people with mental health issues are dangerous madmen? – please read the article below for more on that.
Here in Australia there are many serious Social Justice issues, especially for Indigenous people and migrants, but what has one of our “fallen” heroes got to do with SJ?
It’s about mental health – here we have a young man who’s acknowledged having an addictive personality and having used illegal substances – and he’s been widely villified by booze swilling, pill popping people in “authority” and the commentariat.
Yesterday he had draconian drug testing requirments put on him to allow his return to australia’s most popular sport and has been shamefully rejected by his old club.
The guts of it is this – drug abuse ( including the big killers, alcohol & nicotene ) is a mental health problem and Ben has worked harder to recover his “sobriety” than he ever did while captaining his team, winning a grand final or the game’s highest honour.
To treat him like a criminal, when no conviction has ever been recorded and when he’s had the courage to disclose his illness, is simply unjust. That’s especially true in a sport where alcohol sponsorship and a culture of booze and womanizing remain endemic.
How about breathlyizing and drug testing the administators and club officials who’ve put this extra and disproportionate weight on this young man’s shoulders, basically to cover their own butts in the face of pressure from a media that’s also riven with boozers, misogynists and drug takers.
Now, Ben’s a big boy and can speak for himself, but my concern is this, if Ben can be treated like this, how can an “ordinary” person hope for social justice if they have mental health/susbstance issues.
Who is going to disclose a problem and seek much needed help when it’s clear that doing so is likely to cost them their job and the esteem of their community.
So if you care about social justice – spread the word that substance abuse is a mental health issue – NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND jeapordises their life and career by abusing substances, legal or illegal
If we can’t give genuine heroes like Ben the much vaunted australian “fair go” – what hope is there for the rest of us.
( by the way, in the “war” on drugs, how many drugs have we killed? It’s a %^$*ing health problem, not a criminal issue )
Our society is like a bad doctor, we bury our mistakes.