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Neil Mitchell to Swimmers: 'You're sacked!'

Posted by: Neil Mitchell | 22 February, 2013 - 8:44 AM

Here is a message here to those elite swimmers who have behaved like idiots and yobbos.

The message is this: You’re sacked.

Go off and do something else like get a real job, try working for a living.

PLAY: Swimming legend Matt Welsh says the accusations are a result of a 'whatever it takes attitude'

We must throw them out and that may cost us medals in the future, but too bad.

We subsidise these people, we fawn over them and look after them and even pay them money to swim.  We call them heroes and admire them and cheer them.  We invest our emotions and hopes in them because sport is a magnificent diversion.

But when they let us down, sack them.

The ability to swim doesn't excuse you from being an irresponsible idiot.

The ability to swim at an elite level and the chance to represent your country in fact puts the opposite onus on you.

The onus is to live up to an even higher standard.

What is alleged today is awful: a female swimmer Jade Nielsen says three memebrs of the 4x100 relay team behaved very inappropriately, they stormed in to the room of two female swimmers and behaved inappropriately.

She won’t say what happened but this seems to be part of their night of madness where they will admit taking stillnox and caffeine drinks for some type of high, then rampaging around the hotel.

That is bad enough.

This is before the Olympics and it is appalling behaviour.  It is a breach of trust.

We must take a stand against drug madness and at the least intimidation of young women.

No matter how good they are, sack them.

We are talking about elite swimmers here: James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts, Matt Targett, Cameron McEvoy, Tommaso D'orsogna and the team.

Magnussen was doing a paid interview for TV on this, at least that has been cancelled.

But seriously, the prescription drug lunacy was bad enough but whoever stormed into the room of the young women should damn near be charged and certainly thrown out.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • And further more, Dawn Fraser is 100% right. Ban the lot of them for life and while we are at it, have a real clean-up.
    Get rid of Nick D'Arcy.

    Greg Thursday 28 February, 2013 - 8:28 PM
  • Why do taxpayers have to pay these jerks to live, to play, to enjoy the best of everything and to disgrace the Nation.
    I recall one of the swimmers on the Australian Team being very indignant and complaining that swimmers were not traveling Business class to the Olympics.
    Its a nation disgrace that the taxpayer has no choice but to financially support these freeloaders.

    Ace Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 6:36 PM
  • Big heads and inflated egos. But guys, in wearing the old DTs looks like a severe case of shrinkage!

    Ivan@kinnane Monday 25 February, 2013 - 11:53 PM
  • A bit harsh Neil. Yes they behaved like idiots but (and I stand to be corrected) it was only the once - they weren't being idiots the whole time. I think they deserve another chance. I do also think though that they should have to contribute to their stay at the AIS similar to how people have to pay back HECS fees - and this applies to all who attend the AIS. Either that or we get back to free tertiary education - but thats another matter.

    John Monday 25 February, 2013 - 11:58 AM
  • tONY.....if you actually believe that sanitised, scripted, load of bullsh*t that swimming Australia trotted out yesterday, you are as green as grass !

    Sinbad Saturday 23 February, 2013 - 8:21 AM
  • A Sea of Talented swimmers with with years of sacrificed commitment only to lead by a pack of self gorging ticketed wankers.
    Appoint me and i'll start by sacking the coach and work my way up. Heads have got to roll.

    Chris Friday 22 February, 2013 - 11:48 PM

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