One of the posts that gets the most traffic on this blog is called “Beloved Bulldogs“. In it I talk about why the Doggies are my team and why I go along and cheer them.
They are my team and they stay as my team, but today there’s one Bulldog player I am extraordinarily unhappy with.
Jason Akermanis’ remarks about homosexuality and sport are ill informed and unhelpful. They show he DOESN’T know better, he just wants a headline. Well, he’s got one, but at what cost ?
Akermanis is a great footballer, but a lousy social commentator. He is a nincompoop. And larding his comments about gay footballers with references to teen suicide rates is self-serving, cowardly and defensive.
Retired Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski’s response is on the money. After all of this brouhaha today, why would a gay footy player come out? The only chance would be out of seething anger.
I now wait for the Western Bulldogs club to say or do something. Its gay and lesbian supporters deserve that. Perhaps GLBTI Bulldogs fans should make a stand and follow the lead of the Pink Magpies and organise.
And if there’s a gay player somewhere in the ranks at Whitten Oval, this actually might be just the time to make a stand. And if that bothers Aker, that player should just tell him that he doesn’t fancy him.
That’ll really bruise his ego big time.