Thursday, June 14, 2007

The All Blacks are people too!

Why is it being made into such a big deal that two of the All Blacks have decided not to play a test because they want to be with their respective wives while they are giving birth? I’ve been listening to people on the radio talk about them being irresponsible and not taking their job seriously. But isn’t that the point – I know that they represent the country and everyone is proud of them – but to them being an All Black is also a job. What gives us the right to tell them they are not allowed to take time off from that job to honour personal commitments? Just because he plays for our country does not mean he can’t have a life of his own right?

Yesterday I heard a radio talk show host talking about how this is all just another part of the PC-driven world where men are psychologically forced to do this. Excuse me? Noone says a man must be present during the birth of his child – but what is this crap about it being PC. What if the man wants to be a part of it? What if he wants to be with his partner during that time? To me I think these men are setting great examples, and I quite admire them. By putting their wife and the birth of their child ahead of everything else. And to show that it does not make you less of a man to be with your wife when she is giving birth to your child. So who are we to judge him wrong?


nalin said...

LOL , aptly put, but there are several instances where people have to put nation/work commitments above family. Being in the army, for example, in a war situation.

In fact I have seen far too much of this, "being with family" stuff happening in the recent times. These guys are elite sportsmen and they are paid a lot more than "normal" humans to do what they do. Not to mention they are put on a pedestal by millions in the country.

I agree with it when the games are not too important, but lets see if they actually do something like this on world cup finals week :)

(AWA practice)

Vik said...

which 2 all blacks were this? and was this for the canada game?

woorkeri wittynathan said...

In the words of the Bard of Avon, 'Much Ado about Nothing'. :)