I’m interested in how strongly and aggressively people defend people they’ve never met.
My twitter feed yesterday and today has been smattered with vehement defenses of James Hird. If you don’t know, he’s been accused of taking the performance enhancing banned substances Hexarelin and Melanotan II. I’m not across all the details. I don’t want to comment on the story itself because I have no insight into it.
And neither does anyone else!
This is my point.
These people I’ve seen are (very) strongly defending him, and aggressively criticising (well, attacking really) those who aren’t 100% convinced he’s innocent. How dare someone have the gaul to suggest Hird may have to answer some questions! How dare we not just accept that he’s in the clear!
The most ridiculous thing about this is that they have absolutely no clue what Hird has or has not done! Ok, so he might be innocent, but he may not be. You don’t know him, or what he does, so your opinion kind of doesn’t matter. Calm down guys. You have no insight into this situation other than the fact that you go for Essendon. And that gives you no insight into what actually goes on behind the scenes.
You also don’t know these people in real life. You don’t know their character. You know their public persona. That is not the same thing. If you think it is, you’re kidding yourself. That’s not a slight on the footballers, it’s just a fact, and it’s understandable. They want their privacy, they want to protect their families. Of course they don’t reveal all of who they are to the public. Fair enough.
Support is another word floating around surrounding this. If you don’t blindly believe in someone’s innocence you’re not supporting them apparently. Oh please. People do wrong things all the time. You can still support them and want to help them through something (and still go for Essendon) without blindly believing in their innocence. That’s not helping anyone.
I know people get worked up about the footy, but come on. Seriously guys, you’re all observers, just like the rest of us. How about we all have a drink, take a breath and let an investigation take its course, as you’d want done for any other team.