The Adelaide Crows football team impressed the fuck out the general populace last week by indefinitely suspending one of their players, Nathan Bock.
Young Nathan, one of their best players, was involved in a drunken kerfuffle with his girlfriend which lead to assault charges being filed against him by the police.
He beat up his girlfriend.
The AFL over the past years has done an excellent job in promoting healthy (and may I add, 'normal') attitudes towards women in both their own gated community, and the wider community. Their work is exemplary. They even appoint playes such as Adam Goodes to be spokespersons, ambassadors if you will, for causes such as this, and it has worked a treat because not only has this infiltrated down to grassroots footy teams (recently in a Victorian country town, a player was kicked out of the club for a similar incident), but it has also seen women and girls taking a greater interest in / making a contribution to footy in general. 43.1% of footy's audience, according to the AFL, are women.
So of course when an elite high-profile player such as Nathan Bock beats up his missus, he had to be made an example of. The Adelaide Crows said (paraphrasing) "You violent and misogynistic wanker. This is not good enough
You are indefinitely expelled from this great club - and you have to attend counselling as well!"
And I said, and so did Phil Cleary, and so did everyone, "Good on them."
Today, the club proudly announced that his indefinte suspension is over and he will play this weekend.
He missed one match.
To quote Bob Dylan:
"...bury the rag deep in your face
For now is the time for your tears."