With a big side order of ‘you shouldn’t have even been there
bitch‘. The Monday following the Grand Final weekend is called ‘Mad Monday’. It is a recovery day, a day of celebration or perhaps a day of ‘oh so close, but next year that trophy will be ours’ and what a great season we had. All well and good. Until someone makes stunningly sexist remarks about a female reporter, and then someone else defends their right to make those remarks.
”I am 110 per cent behind the Canterbury club. There was an expectation of privacy and these kids had dropped their guard and they were goofing off. They are in their 20s and they may say things that in public they would not say … even in semi-public, sensible professionals like Alan Jones still make dreadful mistakes and these are only kids.”
Major Bulldogs sponsor, G Johnston of Jaycar Electronics.
So if Alan Jones does it, and is forced to apologise, it is okay? That woman shouldn’t have been there anyway, so that sort of attitude is okay? They are only kids they will grow out of it so it is okay?
No, it is not okay. Whether it was a player or a friend or family member that attitude towards women is never okay. It doesn’t matter that it was a ‘semi-private’ function. That shit is as out of order at a family BBQ as it is on national radio. Women make up 51% of the fucking population buddy. They are partners, wives, sisters, mothers, aunties, friends etc etc of that team you sponsor. Without women giving birth you wouldn’t have a fucking team to sponsor. A little respect goes a long way.
For decades, it has been an unwritten practice that media can briefly attend Mad Monday celebrations for footage and interviews with players.
Dib and Greenberg have worked hard in the past four years to rebuild the Bulldogs’ trashed brand in the wake of the Coffs Harbour group sex scandal and a series of alcohol-related incidents in 2008.
“This is not the way the Bulldogs football club runs its business,” Greenberg said. “We’ve spent the past four years maintaining an image around our club, and this is certainly not an accurate representation of who we are and what we stand for.
“We have a code of conduct in place, and we will follow that through and deal with it appropriately and professionally.
“Players and staff were upset with how the club was positioned. A small minority has stepped out of the crease. You can be sure club management will be making sure they will step back in the crease.”
Unfortunately this brings the whole club into disrepute, which is unfair on the players, staff, family and friends who were at the function but not responsible for this disgusting outburst.
I certainly won’t be spending any of my hard earned at Jaycar Electronics, and I am seriously thinking of writing to the Bulldogs to ask them to consider looking for another major sponsor. One that respects women and upholds the aims of the NRL to become more inclusive and family friendly. Thankfully the NRL is looking into the issue and an apology has been made to the female reporter involved. At least some know how to treat a human being.