Does being found innocent of letting down the team still mean that you didn’t let down the team?
Charged with possession and supply of cocaine in March, Greg Bird (along with teammates Ashley Harrison and Beau Falloon) saw his case thrown out of court on Thursday on insufficient evidence.
The judge said that while there was plenty of speculation and suspicion, there was not enough proof to go to trial.
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Speaking outside the court house, Bird spoke of how happy he was to be able to put it all behind him and move on.
“Now I can focus on my recovery and my family and hopefully next year’s season at the Titans.”
That’s great Greg.
Were it that others could so easily move on.
What about the charity organisations linked to the Titans whose funding was cut off after the drugs scandal broke?
What about the fans, the diehard supporters, who were repeatedly kicked in the guts as their club sank to the very brink of folding?
If the law of the land says that Bird, Falloon and co are innocent then that’s fine, they should absolutely not be treated as criminals – but their guilt or innocence in a court of law does not exempt them from standing trial in the sphere of public perception.
And there is no debating that hat they were embroiled in damaged the club severely.
Bird was the captain, and he failed the club like no other Titan before him, at a time when the Titans were at their most vulnerable.
…at a time when he was on his last warning.
There will be discussions this very day at Titans HQ about whether or not Bird will stay on at the club, and whether he will remain captain if he stays.
I for one sincerely hope the Titans take a giant leap into the new era of Australian professional sport and send Bird packing, regardless of how hard he may be to replace on the field.
There are more important things at stake here – the very survival of rugby league on the Gold Coast may come down to how morally tough a select few are over the next few weeks.
The decision to retain or sack bird has little to do with his guilt or innocence – it is whether fans, and the club, can forgive him for ever being caught up in the ridiculous drugs saga in the first place.