Only blitz could absolve james hird of any responsibility for players health and well-being and then criticize john worsfold for the same thing
Lemme know how many kids are under police guard in ED while they're on AOD, or threaten to torch someone's house over a debt owing from some Colostrum, or die in a ditch after a particularly good session on the vitamins and get back to me??
There are drugs, and there are drugs.
Many of the WCE boys are, or have been, into very bad, dangerous substances; and that connected them to very bad, dangerous people. Many of them will suffer severe health consequences, 5 or 6 now have been in trouble with the law, quite likely a lot of them will die much younger than they need to.
I’m with Digs, I can’t possible believe he did his utmost to find out, to help them, to take care of them. He either knew and didn’t act, or didn’t want to know. Both are unforgivable.
I missed the part where Worsfold and the club set up a safe injecting room, and introduced the players to hard drugs.
I’m with EVS, you can’t totally absolve James Hird for a programme that was implemented at the club and that he was fully aware of, and then turn around and torch Woosha for things done off club time.
People have been hiding their drug issues from their employer since the dawn of time.
Who has absolved Hird of all responsibility? He's accepted responsibility for the part he played
and copped a year off, a smashed reputation and (eventually) his job for that part.
Worsfold knows how the system “works”. Deny everything (McKenna, the Dees, Manly & the cats denied all) take no responsibility, and she’ll be apples.
Regardless, the situation we’re in for next year is that that has happened and it’s still happening.
Player welfare has to play a fair part in that decision. Big part of Hird surviving as long as he did was his actions after the Dank program - the players felt he was in their corner, and would fight for them (when few others would). I’m not sure Worsfold is the right fit there.
As for “hiding stuff from your employer”. For a 9 to 5… sure
Footy is slightly different.
For 30+ weeks of the year you live in each other’s pockets, 6 days a week. Coaches and players regularly travel together. You have to be aware when your employees have to ■■■■ in a pot FFS. And you’re required to take an acute interest in the players’ bodies & general health. It is far from a “normal” job. It is, IMHO, a crap comparison almost every situation its used in.
I simply don’t find it credible that he didn’t know. Maybe you can believe it. Maybe you don’t care. I do.
And I find the lack of any action whatsoever unconscionable.
Had Hird done what he did - denied everything, or taken zero responsibility - he should’ve been shot from a cannon.