Matt Dawson (former England Rugby player) was on the radio this morning.
Did the classic move, said “the right things” about how it was irresponsible and that he shouldn’t have been out late and that there are no excuses. Then proceeded to roll out a bunch of excuses and a defence of his actions… celebrities get targeted… he was defending someone from a homophobic attack… the other guy had a bottle…
I can sort of understand the sentiment that he was defending someone, but there was a point in the video where he went from a grey area of arguably defending someone to being the aggressor in the situation. It ended when he floored someone who had their hands up and was backing away. Whatever happened in the lead up shouldn’t be an excuse for that. IMO Stokes and the other guy should both face charges.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out. For all the people mounting a defence of him, there are people wanting to tear him down. Tabloid media thrive on this stuff (one of the reasons the video is public).
For what it’s worth I think he’ll make it onto the tour.