RATHBONE: Pocock should shut up and play

Clyde Rathbone Columnist

By Clyde Rathbone, Clyde Rathbone is a Roar Expert

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    Seriously, what is wrong with these social justice warriors! It’s as though they can’t resist the impulse to stick their noses where they don’t belong.

    First we had to pretend that it’s OK for girls to play sports, even though deep down we all know that ladies ain’t meant to sweat.

    And what about all these black fellas running around our game these days, carrying on as though they’re the same as the rest of us. It’s disgusting.

    And now, as if these injustices weren’t bad enough, we’ve got to pretend it’s acceptable for homosexuals to play footy. Enough is enough!

    Starting today I’m enlisting anyone who’s thinking clearly to join my ‘Keep The Gay Away’ campaign. Together we can put a stop to the mess people like David Pocock are making of our culture. My granddaddy would spin in his grave if he knew I played with pooftahs, and I’ll be dammed if I’ll let some do-gooders tear our society apart with their ‘inclusion policy’.

    Gay people can’t get married, so why on Earth should we let them play sport? Riddle me that Pocock! If you want a civil union go bat for the other side, this is rugby union mate, and there ain’t never been nothing civil about it.

    Rugby is a man’s game, and real men recognise that gayness is wrong. If we want our sportsmen to be role models we need more people like Waratah Jacques Potgieter, who bravely called out gay when he saw it, or thought it, or felt it… Or whatever, the point is he said the word “faggot”, and if there is one word the world needs more of it’s definitely faggot.

    If we don’t stamp homo stuff out of our sport now, where will it lead? The last thing any of us want is a strapping lad like Jacques Potgieter running out to represent his state while being distracted by gay thoughts. We need real men like Potgieter focused on smashing people, not diverted by hot and sweaty masculine fantasies about hairy legs in short shorts.

    Call me old school, but I don’t care if there are more cameras and microphones at a rugby game than at a Justin Bieber concert, what is said on the field, stays on the field. We all know that rugby pitches are magical places where the normal rules of decency and fairness don’t apply.

    Jacques Potgieter may be an idiot, but being an idiot isn’t a choice, like being gay is. People are just born idiots, and it’s our job to love them anyway.

    Can I get an Amen?

    Clyde Rathbone
    Clyde Rathbone

    Former Wallaby & Brumby Clyde Rathbone retired from rugby in 2014. Clyde is a writer, speaker and technology startup founder. A Roar columnist since 2012, you can follow Clyde via his Twitter page.

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    • March 24th 2015 @ 12:02am
      JJ Hughes said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:02am | ! Report

      Haha! This first had me choking and then chuckling into my cornflakes this morning Rath. You’ve nailed the response. There’s nothing like a bit of smart humour to point out just where the proper hands of justice should fall. A cracking read.

      • March 24th 2015 @ 6:33pm
        PhillNZ said | March 24th 2015 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

        Agree and about time some one came out , no pun intended, and said enough is enough. I’m hoping Poocock gets targeted and they go after him. If ARU wants to be the social engineer of Australian sport , then Pulver and SANZAR’s Greg Peters should lead Sydney Mardi Gras to prove they are all inclusive.

        Yep I can see Pulver in his Green and Gold mankini , waving his arms around and moving his booty with “ARU inclusive” in Green finger paint with a arrow pointing “sign UP here.

        • March 25th 2015 @ 1:50am
          Eventerrox said | March 25th 2015 @ 1:50am | ! Report

          PhilNZ this is satire buddy. Clyde is making a stand for Poey! What do you mean you hope David gets targeted & they go after him??????? R u serious?
          *shakes head*

    • Roar Guru

      March 24th 2015 @ 12:06am
      RobC said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:06am | ! Report

      Amen! 😆

    • March 24th 2015 @ 12:43am
      Daws said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:43am | ! Report

      Brace yourselves. An internet war is coming.

    • March 24th 2015 @ 12:44am
      steppinrazor said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:44am | ! Report

      Poe’s law says that this is gonna be wildly misinterpreted.

      • March 24th 2015 @ 11:06am
        T said | March 24th 2015 @ 11:06am | ! Report

        Yep. Me thinks you are right

    • March 24th 2015 @ 12:49am
      ROTUMA ISLAND said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:49am | ! Report

      damn this will get ugly

    • Roar Guru

      March 24th 2015 @ 12:57am
      Corne Van Vuuren said | March 24th 2015 @ 12:57am | ! Report

      I would call Jacques Potgieter’s actions foolish, but to call someone an idiot whilst showing everyone else how foolish Potgieter was, even if it is a satire is probably not coshure either.

      I wonder if Jacques reads this whether he can get his 20K from Clyde?

      • Roar Guru

        March 24th 2015 @ 9:19am
        RobC said | March 24th 2015 @ 9:19am | ! Report

        I think (assume) its part of the satire, BB.

      • March 24th 2015 @ 9:31am
        Rob G said | March 24th 2015 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        Yeh I agree. I don’t condone it, but at least potgeiter was man enough (poor choice given this article I know) to come forward and admit he said it and admit he was wrong. I don’t think he meant any malice by the words

        • March 24th 2015 @ 9:36am
          SNCF Sucks said | March 24th 2015 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          “courageous” or “principled” are the words you are looking for

        • March 24th 2015 @ 10:27am
          RAF said | March 24th 2015 @ 10:27am | ! Report

          Rob G my bet is that he was “instructed” by Waratahs management to “admit he said it and admit he was wrong”.

          • March 24th 2015 @ 10:50am
            SNCF Sucks said | March 24th 2015 @ 10:50am | ! Report

            Any evidence? or is this part of the tin-foil-hat brigade?

            • March 24th 2015 @ 2:20pm
              RAF said | March 24th 2015 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

              SNCF Sucks: I’m not sufficiently erudite to understand what the tin-hat-foil-brigade means but I refer you to “Akari” comment @ 10.51. PS I’m with the majority and congratulate Pocock’s stance

            • March 24th 2015 @ 7:04pm
              MH01 said | March 24th 2015 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

              From a PR point of view, the TAHS wanted this dealt with asap, this was not going away, and the longer it dragged on the more damage it would do to the brand.

              • March 24th 2015 @ 8:14pm
                SNCF Sucks said | March 24th 2015 @ 8:14pm | ! Report

                and let’s not forget… it also happens to be the right thing to do – own it, deal with it, share it.

        • March 24th 2015 @ 3:05pm
          Perthstayer said | March 24th 2015 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

          RobG – You’re right he could have claimed he was accusing the guy of being “a ball of chopped meat, usually pork liver, bound with herbs and bread and eaten fried”
          (the original dictionary definition of f*ggot)

          • March 25th 2015 @ 1:05am
            Rob G said | March 25th 2015 @ 1:05am | ! Report

            I thought it was a bundle of sticks.
            And hasn’t the definition been changed to bikers now!!!!! everyone hates those f*gs

          • Roar Guru

            March 25th 2015 @ 5:39pm
            Cadfael said | March 25th 2015 @ 5:39pm | ! Report

            I used to go out and cheer for the Gay Gordons. Can’t really say that anymore.

        • March 25th 2015 @ 3:02am
          Draino said | March 25th 2015 @ 3:02am | ! Report

          A rather high profile AFL player years ago refused to apologise for a racial slur during a mediation session, that is, until he got a phone call from his mum. Mothers know best! Perhaps Jacques had a call from his mum!

      • March 24th 2015 @ 1:40pm
        Joeys 78 said | March 24th 2015 @ 1:40pm | ! Report


      • March 24th 2015 @ 2:50pm
        frisky said | March 24th 2015 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

        The word is “kosher”. Get your yiddish right.

        • Roar Guru

          March 24th 2015 @ 3:33pm
          Corne Van Vuuren said | March 24th 2015 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

          I profusely apologize for not getting my yiddish correct, anything else you want to say?

          • March 24th 2015 @ 5:11pm
            Ian said | March 24th 2015 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

            It’s a Hebrew word, not Yiddish. 🙂

            • Roar Guru

              March 24th 2015 @ 10:51pm
              Corne Van Vuuren said | March 24th 2015 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

              So the smart one, isn’t so smart after all?

      • March 24th 2015 @ 6:05pm
        superba said | March 24th 2015 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

        Kosher – paleez mate .
        Or do you mean cocksure ?

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