How embarrassing. Looks like Willie Jackson didn’t get the memo. Duh Willie – doncha know that the only person allowed to talk about, and risk the right to a fair trial, is Tony Veitch.* Du-uh.
Jeesh, for a sick man, Tony has some paua, doesn’t he? Either that, or he just has sheer nerve. Balls of steel, brains of clay.
The real victim in this (remember: it ain’t poor, career-limited, shattered, mentally unstable Tony) seems to be the only one with the class to refrain from commenting publicly. Although, to not hear from her is somehow starting to seem a tad unfair.
Here Tony is, back in the saddle after landing a great media job, speed-talking on our telly box once more. Now he has the chance to sway public opinion and work on redeeming himself to the great unwashed sports-lovers of this country. But, I wonder how this risks the victim’s rights, and her expectation for a fair trial of her violent perpertrator.
“In many ways, it felt like a trial as I knew the media, in particular, would be watching to see how I performed. It’s up to everyone else to judge that all I can say is that I loved every minute.”
That would so suit him, eh? If we could just make that nasty real-life trial go away, and instead make this nervy, first-time back on the box, sports show be the trial … ahh, life would be so Veitchy keen.
Can you imagine the stink he would make if his victim was to become a regular on our telly screens and newspaper columns, thanking all in sundry for their support during this difficult time? It would be detrimental to his case, so does that mean that Veitch doing the same is advantageous to his case? He’d no doubt sue, so what should she do?
Deaker said public response to Veitch’s appearance had been extremely positive. “People are just thrilled he has had the opportunity. Lots of people have been coming up to me saying `well done, the guy deserves a break’.”
It can’t be just me that sees the irony in a lot of people stating Veitch also deserves a break. Surely Shirley!
I don’t want the guy to never work again, I just thought that I probably wouldn’t be seeing him on my big, shiny, moving image thingummy until the case was tried and there was some resolution to the whole shebang. If he is convicted, what will Sky Sport say then about supporting a violent offender, will he remain on the show then, Murray? Perhaps they are just using Tony and his extremely high, if not positive, profile. Quelle surprise, tell me it ain’t so.
I don’t really care too much that he has managed to creep back onto our television, as I personally won’t watch him – thankfully he’s no longer reading the news, but I do care that his trial is fair, and that he is rehabilitated so he can be a healthy, contributing member of society. A part of that rehab is acknowledging your weaknesses in order to improve upon them, taking your problems and owning them, having sincere remorse and an understanding of your issues that provides you the motivation to change.
You also have to accept that people are going to have an opinion – particularly when you have a high profile job on the telly and you get outed as a basher who tried to be a husher for casher (see what I did there?), and that often times many opinions aren’t going to be favourable. Duh. Don’t they teach that as Fame 101?
Until Veitch recognises that he isn’t the victim, that circumstances now, come of his own volition, that suing nay-sayers isn’t the way to get closure – he just isn’t going to gain respect from viewers or social commentators. In fact, how will he ever be able to move on from this awful incident? Tony is victimising himself and mega-insulting the real victim and other real victims of domestic violence. Tres unattractive.
Our justice system timetable totally sux, in that the trial is not planned till 2010, but I still maintain that for the sake of a fair trial, Tony should pipe down about his trauma-dramas until then; use the time to look at why this all kicked off, and what he can do to change himself and help others in similar situations. His PR folk are killing him. Glenda Hughes, too, needs to think about herself for just a lil’ ole minute or so.
Anyone wonder if Chris Brown will be back making number 1 tracks, shakin’ his thang all over the telly in a few months?
*And looney Paul Holmes.