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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Not a rant. It was a discussion/interview and the hosts’ inconsistency in voicing opinions across codes and his determination to connect race and ethnicity to the recent events is something that should be called out. If our society accepts such without question, I believe we are heading down a very dangerous path.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Took the words right out of my mouth.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass the ball to him because he had no talent, a bad first touch and a zero control on the ball.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Ex-taxi driver, self appointed vigilante and hugely popular with the blue rinse set.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

MickDonovan, you’ve made the mistake of assuming that all football writers have an axe to grind against other codes. Far from the truth. I write for publications, blog matches, am a member of an NRL club and have followed the game for over 40 years. The above piece is not an attack on the NRL, merely one that points out Hadley’s ability to ignore issues in that realm and his penchant to have a shot at football as soon as the opportunity presents itself; with the racial references a disturbing element of it.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

If the controversies around his own family, their behaviour and his sudden change of tune when it comes to appropriate punishments for crime aren’t examples of ‘weather vein’ media, then I don’t know what is.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

You’ve really missed the point there. I blog NRL, write content for websites and do some work for a club here in Sydney. Calling a spade a spade and citing inconsistency.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Nice. We should write that down for the next edition. Well played.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

You would have done a far better job Mid, because you would have confronted him, unintimidated, and argued with passion and knowledge. Something Johnson did not do.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Perhaps a better move.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

One might suggest that Hadley snatched the low hanging fruit by alluding to ethnicity and football violence; something that in my view needs to be called out. If we as a society accept that, we will only be worse than what we have already become.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

That’s the horse I’m riding Franko. He actually sounded quite silly and weak and his constant reference to ‘behaviours’ had me groaning.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Must be satirical Tim. Surely?

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Yes, I think Johnson will think twice and/or prepare more thoroughly next time round. There is no ‘nice chat’ with such a bully. You go in prepared for a blue because that is what he wants.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

That’s the flip flopping I referred to. He always arrives with a ‘hot take’ to fire up his base.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Well said Sports Lover, and a problem so much bigger than just sport!

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

In reality, a flat out refusal may have been the astute choice. Although Johnson was underwhelming to say the least.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

I giggled at analysis.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

The thing that scares me most is the potential link between the hatred of the game and those they play it. If that is indeed a motivation, one cheered on by his listeners, then that is a sad state of Australian affairs.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

The non discussion of hundreds of violent incidents that have occurred at fields of play with other sports involved is the real issue.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Yet if the Socceroos were off doing great things at the World Cup he would clamour on board like the rest of them.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

The flaw in his thinking is the elimination of fault elsewhere in order to take yet another pot shot at football; a game he seems determined to discredit any chance he gets.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

You don’t mean his show surely? I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

Larger than the rest yet the actual number of listeners is smaller than most would believe.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?

That pretty much sums things up well. The actual size of his listenership would actually astonish most. Around 13 to 14% of those people actually listening to the radio. 86% of people wouldn’t dare to listen to him and millions of others are listening to podcasts, music streaming services or nothing at all.

What does Ray Hadley have against football and why didn’t James Johnson ask him?