And now, a trick I learned from my grandmother
At last, a breath of fresh air from a footballer - and Ben Cousins, of all people.
He flashed his middle finger to a dressing-room camera before the Richmond-Fremantle game in Perth at the weekend (video below). The Tigers won by three points. Cousins went on to issue a pro-forma apology at the urging of his club, saying he didn’t “mean to offend anyone and I apologise if my actions have caused offence”.
The tone in there is like a po-faced seven-year-old apologising under pain of not getting any more lollies at a party. Today, in this piece, we meet the man:
To everyone, I would like to say: let’s not get too precious.
There is a recession going on, people are under enormous pressure to pay off mortgages and, indeed, are losing jobs.
If people are upset or concerned about what I did, then I wonder where we are headed as a society.
Fair dinkum, I had a bit of fun.
Fair dinkum indeed. He goes on to point out the gesture is something that in the Cousins family, “we all do it to each other as a joke gesture. I’ve even seen my grandmother do it.”
The Herald Sun reports the AFL is likely to seek an explanation from Cousins today.
I reckon he’s done his penance. He certainly won’t flip the bird at a dressing-room camera again. Let’s move on.
Here’s what the boys from the Herald Sun had to say about the weekend’s action. It includes the clip of Ben’s sandgroper salute.
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