Duck or Dick?
If youÂ´ve ever wondered why footballers so regularly get themselves in trouble off the field, this latest Sydney Daily Telegraph story about ex-top Aussie football star, and now TV bigmouth Wayne Carey provides the depressingly familiar answer: Many of them have zero emotional or empathetic intelligence. They often act like overgrown teenagers.
But can you Â´teachÂ´emotional intelligence to people whoÂ´ve relied on Â´mongrelÂ´ attitude to keep them at the top of their sport? Perhaps sensitivity is an anathema to them?
Anyhoo, in a Ron Atkinson
(see PR DIsasters book and this blog) moment, Carey apparently thought the studio mikes were off and quipped that Hawks star Nathan Thompson (whoÂ´d publicly admitted to suffering from depression) would “end up necking – hanging – himself”. And he did so at a time where he and Thompson were having a public difference of opinion. As media organs are want to do, his employers will take no action against Carey, a man most famous for his toilet tryst with a teammateÂ´s wife. If the PRO or any other senior exec for any given company said a similar thing about an industry rival, would he or she be censured?