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Yes, amazonfan, I do think there is a culture problem. And when I say demeaning, it seems to be demeaning to those outside of the culture of those young men playing football. Whether that involves acts against women, denigrating an area because it has people form a different ethnic background, whatever, it seems to be homogenous and exclusive. And this "closed society" leads to actions such as those you deplore.
I do think it is a broad problem. Just this year, at least 20 names have cropped in the media in relation to incidents.
[I am not going to paste a list in here, because I don't want to make any defamatory imputations, even though I am only repeating what is in the public domain. Googling AFL player incident brings up a comprehensive list.]
How many more are there?
You make a good point when you say that many non-footballers also get into trouble. This is true, and they are roundly denigrated. Yet for some reason, if you denigrate an AFL identity, you are accused of hating the code, hating Australia because it is our indigenous code, or whatever.
Time to open up the closed shop.
Who's bring other sports into it? I was only talking about the problems of AFL culture. Surely you aren't going to start yet another, *yawn*, tiresome code war?
It may not be illegal for married men in their 40s to sleep with 16 year olds. It does reveal a very troubling culture in the AFL however. Is this a sport we really want our kids getting involved with if, not only their peers, but their managers, who might be expected to mentor impressionable young men, are carrying on like this.
The problems certainly seem to run deep.
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