Jesse Ryder once again demonstrates his immaturity – it’s obvious that he has a severe drinking problem – he’s an alcoholic and needs to own up to it.
But, what’s more surprising is that NZ Cricket allow their players to even go out on the turps in between the games of a tight one-day schedule. It’s remarkable that professional sportsmen are allowed to bar-hop, in groups of three, a day or two before a big match. Rugby, cricket, football, league – they are all at fault.
It’d be hard to find an individual sportsperson who would allow themselves to binge a few days out from a race. I have a colleague at work who is a keen cyclist (amateur). She abstains from alcohol for months before any cycle race. She recognises the value in not drinking – she keeps her body free of crap and her mind clear. It’s obvious – you can’t be a good sportsman and drink – possible exceptions are darts and snooker.
It’s admirable that NZ Cricket are helping Ryder through his dependancy, but discipline such as being the waterboy at the next match is not going to do it. He needs to be dried out in a professional institution and have professional counselling.
Two nights in a police cell in two months and the New Zealand Rugby Union are deliberating whether to keep him in the All Blacks?
As well as these two recent debacles the NZ Herald reports an incident where Cowan was sent home from a Junior All Blacks tour of Australia after an incident in a bar.
Flick him. Give him the boot. Let him go.
George Hawkins, after a week of murder, mayhem and violence in Manurewa is reacting to public sentiment by sneaking a bill through Parliament to reduce the number of liquor outlets…some would say he’s buying votes with this bill.
ACT MP Heather Roy says it’s “a knee jerk reaction to a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented but wasn’t.”
Heather Roy’s solution is to find some long term solutions to welfare dependency, and to begin educating those people that abuse alcohol.
While I don’t think reducing the number of liquor outlets is going to result in an immediate reduction in the levels of violence, a long term education policy is going to take years – perhaps generations – to implement and see tangible results. So George’s response in the short term is the most prudent.
If the murder of Navtej Singh hadn’t occurred in his liquor store would we be having this debate? Presumably the murderers targeted Navtej Singh’s store because they thought there’d be lot’s of money in the till – in their eyes it was a better, more profitable target than a dairy or hamburger joint.
TV3 had interesting statistics tonight which showed liquor stores per head of population is greater in Dunedin, Christchurch than it is in Manurewa – by nearly a factor of 2:
The police deal with drunk people every day, and they don’t all live in Manurewa, or Mangere, or Otara. They wander around The Viaduct Basin, and Courtenay Place and a lot of them are young and middle class, and not on welfare.