Lam playing the race card
Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:13 PM
He admits that the criticism is coming from forums like ours or from social networks.
Well I would look at my performance, take heed of the real credible critics in the formal media and admit that my team was crap!
"Wellington - Under-fire Blues coach Pat Lam says there is a racial motivation to some of the criticism he and his team have received after a poor start to the Super Rugby season.
Lam said some critics have concentrated on his Samoan background and the Pacific Island and Maori heritage of many Blues players when attacking the team over the 1-5 start to the season.
'We totally accept the criticism that we get when we don't perform,' an emotional Lam said on Wednesday. 'But it's the racist people...the social media and talkback where people say things that are pretty offensive.'
Lam said he realised the critics who resorted to racial abuse were a small minority but the comments still stung."
Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:26 PM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:47 PM
The forums and social networks are not mainstream critics. There are idiots some of whom have been on this forum and should be ignored.
The reality is that mainstream critics are giving Lam a shellacking and deservedly in my view. Their team is playing crap. Both Mealamu and Weepu look like beachballs. This is a franchise which at one time was almost unbeatable at home.
I recall walking down the ramp at Kings Park and looking around I realised that I was in the midst of group of the Auckland Blues players who had arrived early and were watching the Queensland Reds play the Sharks. I looked at the likes of Craig Dowd, Carlos Spencer and Sean Fitzpatrick and felt sorry for the Sharks.
Lam has to shut up and act like a man. He needs to look at their performances and take responsibility. He is behaving like a spoilt brat who has had his favourite toy confiscated.
There will always be cowardly idiots who will pass racist remarks but as the article shows, they are in a minority.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:01 PM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
Don't practice until you can get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.
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