Let’s get one thing straight. At no time has anyone other than Kurtley Beale been shown to have done anything wrong during the fiasco surrounding the Wallabies over the last few days.
While Di Patston and Ewen McKenzie have been forced to defend themselves and suffered vicious slurs against their character over the past few days, the (known) facts of the matters say that there is only one villain involved – Beale.
For people to suggest that the text message scandal that has erupted recently is “cover” for the fact that Patston and Beale argued in-flight last week is not only disingenuous, it’s disgusting.
Firstly, Beale was chastised for being out of uniform by a member of the management team. Fair call. Cop it sweet Kurtley, you were in the wrong, now be a big boy and own it. If you want to chuck a tantrum when someone tells you you’re wrong, you’re clearly not mature enough to face the All Blacks. Heaven forbid they say something you don’t want to hear.
Secondly, if the allegations that Beale sent disgusting and offensive text messages about a female member of staff are true, he should be sacked and have his contract torn up. Moreover, those defending Kurtley by saying that this is cover for the other argument should have a good hard look at themselves.
If it were any other profession (and the allegations are true), Beale would be sacked without mercy and be publicly ridiculed. How many cases have we seen recently where high-profile people have sent inappropriate text messages which have cost them their jobs?
Simply because Kurtley can run and pass does not exempt him from being a decent human being. For every commentator questioning Patston’s role or motivation in this, you should be ashamed. If Kurtley had the same argument with McKenzie, his Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika or any other Wallaby luminary, we wouldn’t even be having an argument, we’d all be shaking our heads at his stupidity.
Kurtley is a serial offender and this latest fiasco does the Wallabies no good at all. Let’s hope the Wallabies can pull it together against the All Blacks and deliver a performance that we can be proud of, and put this disgraceful incident out of our minds.
I am sure it won’t be as easy for Di Patston.