They have got their punishment from the courts and the club, fine. To me the biggest problem is how do their teammates get trust back in two blokes that have bolted and left injured players to fend for themselves. I've been involved with Rugby League teams up to the highest level for over 40 years and can tell you that would be a issue that won't be resolved easily. Number 1 rule when you go out, NEVER leave a teammate in the lurch no matter the situation.
30 minutes to kickoff, the nerves kicking in. It’s been 25 years since the last grand final and after the last few years I didn’t think it would happen again in my lifetime but here we are, rank outsiders but with nothing to lose.
I’m still in, still try to go to one live game a season, still get up at midnight for the games on telly, won’t quit the forum, who knew Pommies could be so witty and passionate.
For anyone interested, my NRL side Canberra Raiders play their first grand final in 25 years on Sunday. If you think this past week has been traumatic you should check out what has gone on at this club the last 10 years. Makes Derby’s issues a walk in the park. A couple of years ago they drew a line in the sand and implemented a no dhead plan which culminates in the big dance Sunday.
I've been reading this forum for many years but have never felt comfortable enough to comment mainly because I very rarely get to games (I was a student in Liverpool and then worked away) but I always followed this forum and I have massive respect for David and co who look after it.
However the utter hypocrisy of some posters "no longer supporting Derby" "Mel has a lot to answer for" is utterly ridiculous. Until proven guilty the players in question can do what they like as can the club. I have no sympathy for drink drivers, it is not big. And it's not clever. But these guys are essentially kids and to lambast them for making a mistake is beyond crazy. We've all made stupid decisions in our youth whether it's pissing down an ally way or squaring up to some dick in a club. Most of which we are not proud of. Mel and Phil are simply doing best by the football club and unfortunately Tom is currently the best we can get, and you know what, underneath is failings as a human being, he's a good footballer.
I've had a bit of a rant here, but all I ask is that you look at these players as human beings and not as some pillar of the community. We're all failed, no one is perfect. And I can assure you that the guilt they are feeling inside is way worse then the boo boys insults.
Just because they are footballers it doesn't stop them from being flawed human beings.
(*Disclaimer. I got busted for drink driving. I had lost my dad a few weeks earlier and quite frankly I didn't care for anything. I was 18)
On the surface, that’s what I did. But really, I had my own personal opinion yet will accept the fact that Cocu knows more about the current situation than me. Therefore, I’m happy to back his decision.