Page 18 - Touchline 34_JULY_2021
P. 18

HIGH PROFILE STARS








           THE UTTERLY PREDICTABLE FALL Y PREDICTABLE FALL
           THE UTTERL











           OF JARRYD HAYNE AND OTHER HIGH PROFILE STARS ARRYD HAYNE AND OTHER HIGH PROFILE STARS
           OF J



                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Tim Mottram


                       ecently, a famous     Eels to Premiership glory in    to Alexandria from Newcastle,                         not the only star with a huge    a Wolli Creek home in Sydney’s
                       former rugby          2009. From there, the classic   and decided to swing by the                           ego with a huge sense of         south. Jamil Hopoate’s rugby       It is about
                       league star           tale of rags to riches ensues.   home of a fan.                                       entitlement.                     league career is in limbo        time that some
              Rwanted to watch               Loved and admired, rich           The victim, on realising that                          The list of recent incidents   after the former Broncos        of these high
            the NRL, so naturally he         and successful, surrounded      he had a taxi waiting, realised                       by NRL, AFL and other sports     back-rower was charged           profile, highly
            asked if they could hook up      by hangers on and money         just exactly what her status                          stars is growing longer by the   with hitting his partner to      paid sports stars
            Foxtel to his room.              grabbers. Hayne had it all, so   was in this scenario, and                            week.                            the ground before allegedly      started acting
               The answer was no.            he thought he could really      decided that she would not be                            Sam Burgess, the 32-year-     getting in his car and driving
            Prisoners only get free-to-air   have it all.                    engaging in sex: a fact that she                      old former South Sydney          away from the scene. Dylan       responsibly
            channels.                                                        shared with her mother. As it                         captain has recently come out    Walker has escaped without       and conducted
               The word “no” shadows the       So today, Jarryd              turned out, Hayne had other                           of a month in a rehabilitation   conviction after admitting       themselves in
            life of Jarryd Hayne. Perhaps                                    ideas.                                                facility after he stood himself   to drunkenly pushing a man      a manner that
            if he had heard it more often    Hayne sits in                     So today, Jarryd Hayne sits                         down from his club late last     outside a Sydney northern        demands our
            - or heeded it when it really    Cooma serving                   in Cooma serving a 5 year                             year. He escaped a conviction    beaches pizza restaurant. He     respect and
            mattered – his life could        a 5 year 9 month                9 month sentence, where                               for driving with cocaine in his   was sentenced to an 18-month
            have turned out differently.     sentence, where                 he sews prisoner uniforms                             blood after being pulled over    conditional release order after   adulation.
            But there is a sense that the    he sews prisoner                for money to spend in the                                                              pleading guilty to one count of
            endemic entitlement shown by     uniforms for                    commissary. Formerly a                                   He was given so               common assault relating to an   least four women accused him
            Hayne throughout his career      money to                        millionaire, now he makes                                                              incident in November. The list   of sending sexually explicit
            is central to his character.                                     between $24 and $70 per                               much that he just                of NRL bad boys goes on.        photos and videos of himself
            The signs can be read in         spend in the                    week. Before his transfer, his                        thought he could                   Some AFL stars can also       via social media.
            the defence he hid behind        commissary.                     entitlement was experienced                           keep taking what                 flout the law and fail to show    It is about time that some
            throughout his trial for sexual                                  at Parklea prison in Sydney.                          he wanted.                       any respect for women.          of these high profile, highly
            assault, and in his subsequent     The events of that night      There is the Foxtel story                                                                Elijah Taylor, the Former     paid sports stars started acting
            behaviour.                       in 2018 are painful but at the   of course, but he was also                           in an unregistered BMW on the    Sydney Swans forward            responsibly and conducted
               There is nothing particularly   same time totally mundane.    unceremoniously told that                             Hume Highway in February         who has been banned from        themselves in a manner that
            complex in the path that took    On the tail end of a two-day    his laundry would be done on                             Ex-NRL player Tristan Sailor   the 2021 season after he       demands our respect and
            him to the freezing cold of      buck’s party, Hayne decided     its assigned day: despite his                         has pleaded not guilty and will   pleaded guilty to assaulting   adulation rather than dragging
            Cooma Correctional Facility.     to act on some online flirting   request for a special service.                       fight allegations he sexually    ex-girlfriend Lekahni Pearce,   their name and the sport that
            Hailing from the low-income      that had been going on for        He was given so much that                           assaulted a woman following a    and Jonathon Patton, the        has provided them with an
            estates of Minto in Sydney’s     some time. Needing to be        he just thought he could keep                         night of drinking in 2020. He is   AFL former No. 1 draft pick    indulgent lifestyle through the
            West, he single-handedly         back in Sydney for an event,    taking what he wanted.                                accused of sexually assaulting   who was stood down by the       mud.
            dragged the Parramatta           he negotiated a taxi ride back    Unfortunately, Hayne is                             the then 24-year-old woman at    Hawks in January when at








            18  |  TOUCHLINEMAGAZINE.COM                                                                                                                                                                TOUCHLINEMAGAZINE.COM   |  19
   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23