Saturday, March 24, 2012

Must not criticize dead footballers?

Australia: Speaking ill of the dead may be in poor taste but it may also be true. Footballers are not fragile little petals so any idea that they are saints is risible.
Jason Akermanis has been sacked by the radio station that aired nasty comments he made about the late Jim Stynes this morning. Sunshine Coast's Mix 92.7 breakfast show confirmed Akermanis' casual position as a footy expert on the show had ended, effective immediately.

Earlier, in an explosive radio interview with the Queensland radio station, the three-time premiership player and Brownlow Medalist said the public outpouring of sympathy and grief at the passing of Stynes, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, was "overkill".

Akermanis is unlikely to be among mourners after telling breakfast hosts Mark Darin and Caroline Hutchinson that Stynes "was a nasty man in his day. He had a nice turn of phrase and he made sure you knew how he felt".

"What amazes me is yes, he was a legend of the game and did a great job and wonderful things with kids, but you know there are a bunch of people who have done just as much who don't get any recognition. I just think it's a bit out of kilter," he said.

"He got a state funeral - do all football players get a state funeral? There's something about it all that just made me feel uncomfortable. Jim's good but is he that good?".

"When I knew him he was competitive and nasty and brutal. He wanted to win and would do anything to do it," he said.."



Bird of Paradise said...

In the land down under their losing their rights under the sourge of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Brian from Rochester NY said...


I'm still waiting for the poor taste part.

The man spoke the truth about the footballer. He also acknowledged the good the man did in his life. Since when is the truth unacceptable?

As far as overkill, while I don't know what the coverage was like in Australia, we saw something similar with Whitney Houston over here.

She was talented, she was beautiful, but her death was not deserving of the pomp and circumstance afforded by the media.

She abused her life, and while her accomplishments should have been remembered, we equally should have taken this as teaching moment to show others what happens when you allow your life to spin out of control.

Anonymous said...

As so often before, the dominant US brigade on this site just quickly leaves behind the "irrelevant" country under discussion, and goes on to comment (in depth) on some other US case! Amero-centric much?

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Go Away Bird said...

Political correctness just a fancy term for SOCIALSIM

Anonymous said...

The problem with this is not that it might have been true (and it probably was) but that Aker had the gall to say it.
Now, the guy makes a habit of saying provocative stuff but getting sacked for it seems a bit rough. I tend to agree though - Jim Stynes did some good stuff - but he was hardly perfect.
Maybe Aker should go to FWA for unfair dismissal.