Norm Smith Medallist
- Jun 21, 2007
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Manchester United
Closes after next weekend - make Chief laugh (the most) and win a prize!
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Yes the more you think about it, the more likely it is that Madrid were aware of the issue.Der Spiegel aren't really helping with their response either. They are saying "they have no reason to believe the documents they published are not fakes" but are refusing to disclose their source.
Mayogra's lawyer isn't helping things either by saying Ronaldo's lawyers need to prove that the documents are fake.
Law doesn't work that way. Everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence - if they are going to use the document against him it is up to them to prove it is legitimate. If it can't be substantiated it isn't much use in a criminal case. Could be used in a civil case I guess.
I still can't believe Perez kept this under wraps for 8 + years.
Yep. Adam Johnson and Ched Evans cases seemed to be reported on every day. With Ronaldo, not a peep made about it and even commentators are still tugging off when they talk about how much of a footballing great he is whilst all this is going on in the background. In general, famous athletes are off limits to criticism and now it seems like they’re off limits when they have allegedly raped someone. Ridiculous.Amazing how this still isnt front page news everywhere.
I'd imagine not to any great degree until a guilty verdict.There are indisputeable facts including the police report Mayorga made at the time and the hush money Ronaldo paid. Were they reported on?
Yeah I get what you're trying to say. But when Adam Johnson was arrested all the papers didn't wait for a guilty verdict, they were all out there questioning who they could to get quotes to get a story printed. You'd think they'd do the same with a bigger name in Ronaldo, question who they can for the same reasons.I'd imagine not to any great degree until a guilty verdict.
I'm obviously no Ronaldo fan, and I do think it's newsworthy. But I can understand why the press are taking a wait and see approach. Particularly since the most significant documents probably will never be seen in a courtroom.
Yeah, this.He makes almost $4,000 AUD an hour from just his playing contract.
That would hire some very good lawyers to make life hell for anyone who brings his name into disrepute.
In this era of sponsorship deals being torn up, and his being worth in the order of billions, the damages claim against a group who reports and leads to sponsors pulling out and then later a court finds him not guilty or there is no finding against him for other reasons, such as him reaching a settlement where she releases a statement agreeing with his version of events - then a news group could find themselves served with a damages bill in excess of a billion dollars.
He has the means to fight them, even if he can't win, he can make it hurt.
Sports journos aren't willing to go after stars who are too big to fail. The few journos who went after Armstrong were ostracised for years. Mind you Ronaldo doesn't have the cancer survivor + Livestrong thing going for him, he's just worth a lot of money to a lot of people.i think after the lance armstrong drugs stuff that newspapers are very hesitant to go big with these stories.
that as well as just the constant threats from armstrong, his people and his legions of fans whenever drug taking came up. journalists potentially sitting on definitive proof, failed samples and whatnot, but being howled down as jealous and just wanting to see a good man lose.There was a first round of him claiming damages against them, then when it came to him admitting they were actually right there was no money left for them to sue him in return.
Yeah, he has more Instagram followers than anyone else on the planet.Very very valid points.
It’s almost unprecedented someone of his status and fame being accused of this.
In terms of global image, popularity, a brand etc, I struggle to think of someone as “big” as Ronaldo.
Perhaps only Beckham has come close to him in recent times. But Ronaldo is just about in a league of his own, the mainstream media are being very cautious accordingly.