WHOOPS: Eddie McGuire has had a habit of saying the wrong things in recent years.
WHOOPS: Eddie McGuire has had a habit of saying the wrong things in recent years. John Tsiavis

LETTER: Time for Eddie to act responsibly

EDDIE McGuire, social commentator, appears to have little regard for the consequences of gaffes he makes and sees in sportspersons.

He promotes himself as the advocate for every sporting celebrity behaving badly, simply because he, himself, is not above reproach.

He runs for cover and hides behind his own celebrity. Now he has come to the defence of the Adam Goodes' antics.

The blame game is alive and well in personalities who think they are above the normal codes of conduct and etiquettes of society.

Like many in our society called to account for their actions, McGuire has pinned the Goodes' show on painkillers.

Talent speaks louder than words for McGuire.

Any excuse, to maintain the status quo for those who display contempt for courtesy and the unwritten rules of acceptable behaviour which govern our society.

That goes for everyone in positions of power in our society, whether it's sports, politics or the media. No-one has the right to defend the indefensible.

We expect grown-ups to act like mature people, who set the tone for the rest, particularly the young and impressionable.

Race and religion have little or nought to do with disrespect.

Respect for the sake of a homogenous and unified society, should be predominant in all our cultural activities.

Call a spade a spade, but demonstrate restraint on opinions not asked for.

Leading by example is harder than we think, especially when personalities come into play.

E. ROWE Marcoola



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