Editorial: Kiwi League Players hit the Cocaine

Monday, 15 May 2017

Former Kiwi Rugby League captain, Jesse Bromwich

Former Kiwi Rugby League captain, Jesse Bromwich

Kiwi Rugby League player Kevin Proctor

Kiwi Rugby League player Kevin Proctor

I must say I find it difficult to feel any sympathy for the two Kiwi Rugby League players who take a thumping from the Aussies [5 May 2017] and then proceed to snort cocaine.

On the other hand, these are immature overpaid professionals who earn their living by brawling in front of baying crowds who pay to see them do this, so we shouldn't expect too much of them.

They are immersed in double standards to such an extent that they surely would have to be in a permanent state of dazed confusion, even without the drugs.  The TV ads, their playing gear and the ground signage are all replete with ads commending the use of alcohol ...  and they are expected to themselves abstain from mind-altering substances like cocaine?

And then the media play the whole thing as if it were a national scandal!

It is what it is.

Two young men steeped in a world of dangerous drugs, including alcohol, and in violence depicted as a sports contest.

Who are the real Users here, do you reckon?  The players, or their promoters and sponsors?