Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The Story That Divided Cemented a Reputation

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The Story That Divided Cemented a Reputation

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THE Cameron Smith story has divided the rugby league community with many taking sides in the story presented by 60 Minutes.

Australia is considered to have a tall poppy syndrome and is happy to point fingers at sporting idols in an aim to bring them back to the level of the general population.

Some deserve that "levelling" based on their arrogance and divisive opinions and attitude - think Anthony Mundine.

Others are just following their dream and are not stepping on others just to achieve that - think Pat Rafter.

I don't think there is any argument at which end of that scale Smith is at.

The recent attempt to assassinate his character over a couple of comments he made when representing his team in a professional sporting game comes in at a very low level from where I sit.

Before we get any further, I need to calm some of the heart rates of the Blues supporters yelling for blood over my Maroon bias.

I supported NSW as a lad growing up on the back of Fittler, Johns, ET and a plethora of other stars and characters.

I am not a diehard Queensland supporter but I am a passionate supporter of quality sport and athletes that give back, voluntarily, to the game.

I also have no issue in Alex McKinnon placing the blame where he sees fit.

Everyone has a right to their opinion but that also includes those that do not agree with the one given.

It is an awful thing that has happened to McKinnon, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

People have lost lives, careers and their future in following sporting dreams and whether it is hockey, rugby league or marathon running, people do die because there is a risk involved in being the best you can be and pushing the limits.

McKinnon is not the first nor the last, but we continue to back the percentages and take that chance week in and week out. …

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