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Give Cousins a break and smack Channel 10 instead

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By Luke D'Anello, Luke D'Anello is a Roar Rookie

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    So the predictable outcome has been reached and the AFL has fined Ben Cousins for his “offensive” gesture in the rooms before Richmond’s clash with Fremantle on Saturday night.

    We all know now that Cousins’ actions were directed at a fixed camera in the visitors’ rooms.

    However, the incident occurred 90 minutes before the match started. And, Channel 10 goes to air 30 minutes before the bounce.

    So, if “flipping the bird” is so offensive, and frowned upon by so many, why did Channel 10 choose to show the vision? They are in control of the vision and the incident was not “live”.

    You also have to question why they showed it over and over again, why such a big deal was made of it, and why it was sold to other networks.

    For what it’s worth, I didn’t find Cousins’ gesture offensive, and didn’t think it warranted a fine.

    But, if the AFL tribunal is going to slap Cousins with a fine, Channel 10 should be hit with a penalty as well.

    In Cousins’ Herald Sun column on Monday, the Tiger said his actions had been blown up and it was a light-hearted hello to his “mate” in the mini-van.

    Since, this statement has been confused, with people believing Cousins had a personal friend operating the mini-van. This is another mistake in a week where many have been made.

    Hawthorn’s director of football, Jason Dunstall, swore twice on air on MMM radio on Sunday afternoon. There would be people in society, no doubt, who would find that offensive, too, yet nothing will come of it.

    Some also opine that footballers are role models for young children across the country. Parents who think this is the case are looking in the wrong place.

    I presume they thought the gesture was offensive to young children?

    That’s fine, but blame Channel 10. Cousins didn’t think it would go to air. And, if networks showed everything that goes on in the change-rooms before a match, well, the football would be screened even later at night.

    I think most of us, had we been made to cope with the high-level of media scrutiny Cousins has, would have done something more serious. Remember when Tony Lockett chucked a set of crutches at a young reporter named Eddie McGuire.

    Tell me which case is more serious?

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    • June 4th 2009 @ 9:44am
      Vicki said | June 4th 2009 @ 9:44am | ! Report

      So Luke Ben shouldn’t made accountable for what he did? It doesn’t matter when he did it. He did it and the fine wasn’t harsh enough. He is still arrogant enough to think he’s a superstar and he can do anything and get away with it. If this was a young player the AFL and the players club would be kicking their ass and rightly so. There is no excuse for what Ben did and people in power need to start standing up to him or incidents like this will keep happening as Ben knows he can get away with it as no in power has the balls to stand up to him.

    • June 4th 2009 @ 10:03am
      Tom said | June 4th 2009 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      Yeah, I tend to agree Luke. Ben probably should’ve realised that Channel 10 would have blown this up into a big thing, but I don’t think he was being deliberately provocative.

      Channel 10 on the other hand made a conscious decision to broadcast it repeatedly. They knew exactly what they were doing.

    • June 4th 2009 @ 10:04am
      Jock said | June 4th 2009 @ 10:04am | ! Report

      vicki – you are a clown Channel 10 have without a doubt targeted the guy – if they do not put to air the fact that the guys are changing clothes- farting, drinking, eating and discussing the game in the 30 minutes prior to them going on air – why did they specifically take this one section of the – what is obviously a taped portion of the non to air time in the room – and stick it on tv – sell it off and deliberatly replay it again and again- why – so some little moron working for the chanell along with an idiot manager can get a few licks at cousins and a pat on the back for putting what is fast becoming a garbage chanell into the limelight – AT WHOSE EXPENSE – COUSINS AND THE GAME

      Jock

    • June 4th 2009 @ 10:12am
      Searly said | June 4th 2009 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Spot on, Luke. The hypocrisy of the media is patently ridiculous.

      Vicki, ever given someone the finger in public? Ever said something rude to someone? Ever had too much to drink? If so, I think it’s about time some people in power stood up to you, or don’t they have the balls?

    • June 4th 2009 @ 10:41am
      Harry said | June 4th 2009 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      100% agree Luke and this is truly pathetic behaviour by Channel 10, the media and the AFL. For the absolute absurd heights of pompous drivel, read Patrick Smith’s blatherings in The Australian on the subject.

    • June 4th 2009 @ 11:25am
      ilikedahoodoogurusingha said | June 4th 2009 @ 11:25am | ! Report

      Yes, if it was recorded and then shown by CH10, then it is a beat up, but Cousins should have a good hard look at himself as to his actions, or is he so dumb not to realise that with his track record anything like that is going to be used against him

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