We Australians love our sport. We are passionate and very vocal. We support our team with a ferocity and fling insults and boos to the opponents with the same passion. But when it comes to a player from either a team we don’t like (even hate) who goes down injured, then if that player comes off the ground we either cheer the player or say nothing.
We are a nation of supposedly great sportsmanship no matter who that player plays for. If a player comes off on a stretcher, we all, across the ground, stand up and clap. We know that irrespective of who they play for we applaud them for putting their bodies on the line for a sport that we love. No matter if it is AFL, football, rugby, tennis etc. etc. etc.
So imagine mine and a lot of people’s reaction when some rather nasty comments about Sam Rowe’s hit which left him slightly concussed is surfacing on social media. I could not believe the depth of how inappropriate their comments were and how nasty. Comments such as Hogan didn’t hit him hard enough. Or that he should’ve stayed down. Even Gary Lyon has stated that the hit on Patrick Cripps was nothing special or that Sam Rowe “faked” the hit to the head.
A supporter may dislike a particular player in their team or don’t think they put in enough effort and that is their right, but to state that a player wasn’t hit hard enough or the injury was faked just proves what type of people they really are.
They are not the sportsmanship minded people that Australian’s are known for, they are downright nasty. Get them to watch a movie called “Concussion” which was not a great one, but highlighted the long-term effects of being hit to the head for sport.
These people who comment and laugh at the way a player of a club that they are supposed to support gets injured is mind blowing. How can they really state that they love the game when they say things like that? How can they support a club, any club when they write such filth such as that?
There are players that I dislike, but if they were injured on the field, playing a game I love to watch, I would never sink that low. These people need to be handed the exit gate and not be allowed to be part of a club, any club. They are bad sports and very un-Australian.