- Mar 21, 2018
- AFL Club
If you think my post was only referring to Stevenson specifically or the condemnation he has received on Big footy then you either can't read and comprehend basic concepts or... You are making a disingenuous point..Stephenson is still on his first contract. You might think he’s having a 20 (actually 10) week holiday, but he’s not getting match payments for those 10 weeks, meaning he’s also somewhere in the vicinity of $30-$40,000 out of pocket in addition to the $20,000 fine he had to pay. If you think some wan*ers on a forum laying in to him is more of a deterrent than the punishment he was handed then you’ve got rocks in your head.
The shame and condemnation from society and peers is often a much bigger punishment and deterrent than anything courts etc dish out. In fact.. our judges take this into account and refer to it in sentencing decisions... All the time.. hence the important role that peer / societal condemnation plays.
Do you think that Stevenson would choose, were he given the choice, to pay $60k as a fine and no-one ever knows, or pay nothing and the media splash the story everywhere... What do you think he'd choose bud? That should help you understand why I'm saying it's a nonsense to say our thoughts and opinions on the matter serve no purpose collectively. Not to mention that we are in a footy forum that exists for the sole purpose of allowing us to discuss and vent as we see fit.