Many words have been used to describe Toby Greene.
Thug, grub, public enemy number one.
In one headline, the Herald Sun described him as The Joker, Hannibal Lecter, Michael Corleone… Toby Greene.
My own reflections at first led me to believe that Greene was an imp of the perverse – someone who did wrong for the pure sake of it.
Further reflection convinced me that I was in error.
Toby Greene didn’t do the wrong thing on purpose, because Toby Greene didn’t do wrong at all.
For a wrong to have been committed, it must go against the norms of the world in which it has taken place. What has Toby Greene done that has not been done on football field before?
In fact, Greene’s conduct is tame compared to many other players.
What is going on here?
The only answer that makes any sense is that Greene’s behaviour is seen as illegitimate because the haters don’t see the Giants as legitimate.
We don’t need any validation from Victorians, the media, or so-called experts.
We won’t be taking moral lectures from people who laud the same conduct in their own players.
You can foam at the mouth all you want. We don’t care what you think of Toby Greene, or the Giants, or even our beleaguered brothers on the Gold Coast.
When I heard Toby Greene described as the heart and soul of the Giants, I was skeptical. Now I believe it.
If you want an apology for Toby’s actions, you’ll have a long wait.