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Manly Is Failing Brett Stewart

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by bones, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly is failing Brett Stewart

    Roar Guru
    By Mark Young, 12 Feb 2013 Mark Young is a Roar Guru

    Ignoring the drugs hysteria, there is a big problem in rugby league around the dashing Manly fullback Brett Stewart. For the sake of this young man, the Manly Football club needs to act like an adult and protect their player.
    In early 2009 all the talk in league was that a crime had been committed on the northern beaches. Most of us, and I certainly include myself in this, believed the worst, that an innocent young woman in her pyjamas had been sexually assaulted by a drunk rugby league player.
    It turns out that we were half right, a crime was indeed committed. Against Brett Stewart.
    379 days after he was accused and splashed over every news outlet, his case was thrown out of court in less than an hour.
    An astonishing read in the Sydney Morning Herald magazine Good Weekend revealed that that fullback had been deliberately targeted by a brazen conman, manipulating a vulnerable young woman into making the most heinous of allegations.
    Brett Stewart did nothing wrong. He simply stood in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    This was three years ago.
    Unfortunately Brett then suffered a second crime. Only this time, it was committed by his club, his coach and his mates. None of whom helped him to move on.
    Des Hasler disgracefully incorporated Brett’s incident into his narrative that “The NRL was out to get us” and “We need to band together since they don’t want us to win”. It won them a surprise premiership.
    And left Manly with a desperately unhappy man, who shuns the media and desperately wants an apology from David Gallop.
    He has gone from being the face of the game, to having ‘rapist’ screamed in his face at nightclubs and by Queensland ‘fans’ at Lang Park.
    Indeed yesterday when word broke that he had been charged by police, the vitriol erupted on social media with huge amounts of personal abuse slung his way.
    Manly needs to find an adult to help this man out.
    If they don’t, he won’t be able to go into a pub for the next 50 years (he is only 28) without wondering if a drunk yahoo is going to bring up the worst day of his life.
    If they don’t, his kids will come home from school crying because of what other kids are saying about their dad.
    It actually isn’t that hard, Matt Johns was involved in a sexual tryst that ruined a young woman’s life. He let Tracy Grimshaw harangue him for twenty minutes and now he’s a TV, print and radio star again.
    His brother Andrew took drugs his whole career, thirty contrite minutes with Phil Gould and he’s an immortal, and all over Channel 9.
    Indeed it will only take four steps.
    1. Spend a week on Camp Quality
    Meeting bright young teenagers who are going to die from cancer before they are old enough to drive is gut wrenchingly sad. It also has a sobering way of focusing your mind of how much fortune you have in your own life.
    Brett has his health, his youth, and is being paid a huge amount of money to play a game.
    2. Get over Gallop
    The hysteria in the media when Brett was accused was overwhelming. David Gallop was given a stark choice. He could help the code by killing the issue with a punishment to the player. Or he could have protected the player, and done huge damage to the code with weeks of highly negative press.
    Not being able to do both, he made a choice and it wasn’t personal. There was never an apology coming, and there certainly won’t be one coming now.
    3. Change nicknames
    Snake has never had good connotations. Be it the bandit in The Simpsons or the bad guys in pretty much every Harry Potter book. Drop it and tell your mates at the club to drop it too.
    4. Cry on TV, ASAP
    Sit him next to his parents and girlfriend, and tell his story. Not just about the assault, and the aftermath, but about being an elite sportsman with Type 1 diabetes. About being a role model to young athletes who think their career is over when they are diagnosed with diabetes.
    I have no interest in the Manly Sea Eagles. I’m a Wests Tigers fan and Manly has brought me nothing but disappointment in the last few years plus the weekly annoyance of listening to my Eagles-crazy mate carry on and on and on.
    But this has to end. An innocent man deserves retribution in the public eye.
    There are lots of reasons to hate Manly. Brett Stewart shouldn’t be one of them.
  2. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Not a bad article, but did have to lol at the part where he said Matt Johns ruined a young womans life, what a load of rubbish lol
  3. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    A reasonable read, and I can't help but agree with most of it.
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  4. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    His wife?
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They are talking about the chick over here, she did very well out of it in the end !
  6. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The first part of the article is a good read. The second part is sarcastic dribble.

    Let's not forget who the real perpetrator of evil in the heinous mess was ....Double Standard Dave Gallop. His poorly considered, spineless response, legitimised the media hysteria and basically painted Brett as guilty without trial. Because he was too gutless to afford Brett the very basic of his human rights, he condemned Brett to burn at the stake of public opinion, fanned by the winds of gutter journalism. Gallop is still too cowardly to admit his mistake and apologise for the effect his poorly considered actions have had on Brett's life. I danced a little jig when that grub got sacked from the NRL, soccer deserves him.
  7. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

    Sydney, Australia
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    FFS....its you media d1ckheads that caused the problem and you are still stirring the pot with **** articles like this.....

    F@ark off and annoy someone else
  8. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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    I thought Brett did sit down for a while with Phil Gould?
  9. Kager

    Kager Member

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    I see no problem with what this guy says..... biggest take away is that Brett needs to focus on playing and dealing with the media more constructively rather than hold this grudge.

    Easy for me to say from the sidelines as what happened to him was a nightmare but forget Gallop he is not part of the game anymore, forget the media crap from the time as the best revenge is to use it to repair his image and get a profile again that he can make money off.

    Beacause he will not be getting a wage forever and he is actually a good chance at TV in some capacity after the game, as I keep getting told he is easy on the eye and can string words together.
  10. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Brett's new nickname could be : Brett Stewart NRL Legend.
  11. firechild

    firechild Active Member

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    People might have trouble pronouncing the bolded part.
  12. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    Hoping to find media articles with depth or insight is like trying to find integrity or compassion in how Gallop handled the Brett Stewart situation - before or after the court case.

    This article was at least a start in the direction of pointing out the shallow and sickening way Brett was prejudged through the media and by the vast majority of people in Australia and overseas. How shallow we are as a species, and how easily led?

    And this author's finger pointing at Manly, and excusing of Gallop, is equally shallow. At least Manly, Des, and his mates and the vast majority of fans here were on his side, they stood by him, and didn't prejudge him, when it seemed the rest of the world had falsely "convicted" him - including this particular media author. And there is truth that fighting against the injustice, which Des and others may have instilled, will not bring him relief. The remedy for Brett Stewart is not in resolving the past, nor in anything external to Brett Stewart himself. If he hopes that public acknowledgement of the wrong will fix things, he is sadly mistaken. Fame, like even infamy, is fleeting and fickle. Nothing more shallow or insane than needing approval from others.

    The author's honesty in self reflection is a breath of fresh air. The author's vulnerability is his strength. Would you expect this honesty and vulnerability from the likes of Wilson, Hadley, Kent, FitzSimons and similar opinionated boofheads? Shock jocks are terrified of exposing themselves as real live people. Would you ever expect such honesty and vulnerability from News Ltd as an organisation? Shock jocks incorporated?

    For Brett to move past this (assuming he hasn't), he needs to fully face his demons. He needs to fully feel the pain without trying to escape it. The betrayal, the humiliation, the fear, the violation, the distrust, etc, etc. This is not done at a head level. He needs to experience the release in every cell in his body. And this involves fully feeling whatever he is currently feeling. The past is irrelevant. The current feelings are his pain, and his path forward. And he needs guidance in this process from someone who is wise, grounded, unreactive and compassionate. He needs a really good counsellor to help him find his own way forward.
  13. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    Exactly. If is easy for those 'outside' to dismiss the clubs efforts to support their friend as being counter to what the code needed from Gallop, but aren't we supposed to be wired for helping those that need it, over big business?

    Would the League have really suffered if Gallop simply came out and made the case clear that the League will await legal feedback on the situation prior to acting? Isn't that the basic right we would all want and expect if in the same situation?

    Did Gallop seriously believe that standing Stewart down at that point for 'drunken behaviour' wasn't going to paint a perception to many of a more serious wrong-doing?

    And a serious question needs to be asked of whoever it was at the club that thought chucking the NRL a bone in the club report, wasn't going to see 'evidence' provided being taken to the n'th degree once the media blowtorch was applied.
  14. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This is from the Roar, it is a fan piece and not an actual journalist
  15. eagle-rock08

    eagle-rock08 Active Member

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    A bit rich from the fourth estate that crucified him over these allegations.

    I remember the BANNER HEADLINES where they mercilessly attacked his character. And when he was found innocent the small-print apology "we got it wrong."


    Where are all the "journalists" that berated the guy. Conspicuously silent.

    And then, what about the poor young woman (or her father), has anything happened to them? I don't know. For the press hasn't given us any banner headlines that says they have been.

    Its not Manly that need to protect "Snake" - its the NRL and the fourth estate that need to stand up and say "WE GOT IT WRONG!"

    With regards to the writer of the article, you are not a Manly supporter. So what. Your support of the West Tigers is irrelevant.

    Journalists have a lot of ground to make up given the perceived lack of discipline the fourth estate operates under.
  16. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Damn Sorry Brett.
  17. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Can you please remove this post, there is no place for logic among emotive knee jerk responses.
  18. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I hope so. Boy who cried wolf scenario would be perfect.

    Does lying in court and making false rape allegations against an innocent young man make her 'poor' ?
  19. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone else a have problem with, "1. Spend a week on Camp Quality". Not that spending a week with kids with cancer isn't a good thing to do, but the assumption that Brett needs to because a. He is stuck up footy player and doesn't know how lucky he is or b. that he doesn't do any charity work.
  20. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Gold Coast
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    Thanks M.E. That was where old mate lost me completely.I find the assumption offensive... like going to see kids with cancer is some form of repentance!?

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