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Is This the Roosters trying to get both Bird & Carney

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Rambo1987, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

    +221 /2
    Is This the Roosters trying to get both Bird & Carney

    Give offenders the chance to redeem themselvesArticle from: Font size: Decrease Increase Email article: Email Print article: Print Submit comment: Submit comment By Josh Massoud

    February 17, 2009 12:00am

    CRIMINOLOGY Rule No.1: Release a prisoner from jail and they will most likely re-offend.

    For many freed felons, there is no other viable choice. Society simply can't bear the thought of giving them one.

    Employers refuse to take the risk of hiring a convicted crim, who then must find alternative means of survival.

    The most familiar source is crime. So they re-offend and the cycle continues - crime, incarceration, crime, incarceration, crime, incarceration ...

    And what does this have to do with sport? A fair bit if you happen to be Todd Carney or Greg Bird.

    Knocked back: Newtown Jets reject Bird, Carney

    The debate over whether the pair deserve a second, third or fourth chance has evolved into a daily beast as both desperately seek opportunities to avoid sitting out 2009.

    But the question shouldn't be about recurring chances.

    It should be about breaking the cycle that threatens to spiral their lives into irredeemable territory.

    What do you think? Tell us in the comment here and vote in our special poll.

    If the naysayers are successful in blocking Bird and Carney from playing in 2009, it will spell 18 months on the sidelines for each.

    Their respective clubs, Cronulla and Canberra, set the wheels in motion by standing them down midway through last season. Given the circumstances, they were justified in doing so.

    Both halves were given the green light to continue their careers in England, before an unforeseeable fever of stringency at the British High Commission denied them a work visa that had previously been granted to other players with criminal convictions.

    Suddenly they are stranded. The last remaining option is to swallow their pride and return to what has effectively been reduced to park football in recent years - the NSW Cup.

    The Newtown Jets were prepared to offer both not so much a lifeline as a bit of tattered rope - the chance to play in front of a handful of diehards every weekend in the rugby league boondocks.

    Being footballers, Bird and Carney jumped at the chance. Anything to avoid the terrible idleness that is rotting their motivation, eroding their physiques and gnawing away at their sense of self-worth.

    Gallery: The strife and times of Greg Bird

    Gallery: Todd Carney's dramatic life

    But not even this indignity is acceptable to some in the game, despite NRL boss David Gallop and ARL counterpart Geoff Carr showing a refreshing willingness to nurse the duo back via the lower grades.

    So long as there is continuing resolve to prevent them from playing at NRL level this season, it is impossible to conceive how appearances in the NSW Cup harms anyone - including Canberra and Cronulla.

    The Raiders, for one, don't even field a team in that competition. There's no way Carney can come back and bite them.

    And as for Bird? He's already been exiled for six months, despite not having any convictions recorded.

    While the charges against him are serious enough to excuse Cronulla distancing itself, they should not preclude him from climbing back elsewhere.

    Thanks to administrators and bureaucrats who are too shaken to think straight amid the din, Carney and Bird have been robbed of any chance to redeem themselves.

    And no matter how many chances they've used up, that's an opportunity that should never be denied.
  2. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

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    Re: Is This the Roosters trying to get both Bird & Carney

    That is crap. They will get their 16 months or so and then get their chance to redeem themselves. Noone has given them a life ban. The NRL didn't deny their visas to the UK - that was their own stupid faults.

    It is time people stopped trying to blame everything that happens on someone else and take a cold hard look at the problem - OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIOUR!! Both had repeated form.

    They are both good footballers who will get another chance - but spare me days!!!! The two will miss over a season due to the fact that they both behaved in a manner contrary to their contracts and out of step with what is considered reasonable behaviour by a normal member of society. If they took a close look at themselves and underwent some pain, maybe they would emerge the better for the experience but not whilst excuses are being made on their behalf and blame heading to the NRL, media etc.
  3. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    Re: Is This the Roosters trying to get both Bird & Carney

    Everyone wants to go to the Roosters just ask the Bondi Bulldogs  ;D

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