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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Footballer Won't Take 'No' For an Answer

Hawthorn's Campbell Brown won't take 'No' from anyone - or anything. He's had his day in court for last year's drunken assault on a 7-Eleven ATM that refused to give him money.

In a hearing of the Melbourne Magistrates Court (AFL Division), Campbell answered charges of criminal damage, wilful damage, using insulting words and using indecent language, stemming from his big night out on June 19th, 2005.

Just after 5am, he staggered into a 7-Eleven and fronted the Automatic Teller Machine.

Brown removed an out-of-order sign from the machine and tried to withdraw money. Told it was not working, Brown verbally abused a store employee. As Brown left the store, he struck and cracked the glass entry.(The Age, 3/2/06)

Many of us have found ourselves in a 7-Eleven at 5am. Most of us have been disappointed - usually by the sausage roll we've foolishly bought. But it takes a special kind of arrogance and belligerence to doubt the "out-of-order" sign on the ATM while dismissing helpful suggestions from the staff. Launching a volley of abuse at the staff and mounting an attack on a building? That's pure Aussie Rules footballer for you: angry, stupid, lawless and rude.

While the incident was likely taped by security cameras, the footage has yet to surface. No doubt the broadcast rights are being hotly disputed behind the scenes.

As for young Campbell, well, he'll likely be put into a "diversion program" for first-time offenders. If the intent is to divert him from further crimes, they could do worse than divert him from the AFL and into something useful and respectable. Like working the 5am shift at a convenience store.

Citations: The Age, 3/2/06

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Tags: footy, court, booze

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  • Are you serious? He didn't did he!? Come off it.. everyone gets drunk and everyone does stupid stuff and who doesn't get pissed off when the only atm withing 10 metres of walking distance is fuckt when all you want is money to get home or to get food. Their just guys that are good at sport. Lay off them and stop being jealous and judgemental. Get a life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:48 pm, February 15, 2006  

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  • Thanks for the comment. But I don't think much of your advice, given that you failed to understood the point of this story:

    Yes, we've all been let down by ATMs. Most of us have been drunk at 5am in a 7-Eleven. Nearly everyone's done silly stuff. In fact, this exact scenario (drunk, 5am, broken ATM) is played out night after night.

    But it took an Aussie Rules footballer to fight the bloody building! No one is else is stupid and rude enough to abuse the staff, ignore the sign and attack the door. Normal people just get over it and deal with it.

    It's a classic example of AFL footballers being just that bit dumber, angrier and more prone to violence than everyone else when things don't go their way.

    FWIW, I'm sure the egos of five hundred or so professional footballers (average salary: $200,000 per year and rising) can handle one lone jealous and judgemental blogger. You know, given all those posters pinned up in kids' bedrooms, the self-gratifying awards nights, the magazines, the fan sites lovingly devoted to every facet of their existence ...

    Yeah, they'll cope.

    By Blogger Greg, at 1:01 am, February 16, 2006  

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  • As i read this story, it was of no shock to me that anoymous was angry. So was I.. Leave footballers alone, ok yes they have a reputation to uphold and yes he did wrong. Instead of publishing all the inappropriate things afl stars do (which most people could relate to at least one story, either getting in a fight or being outragged whilst intoxicated) report on the good they do for this nation. By the way i have met Campbell Brown and he was a true gentleman.. Mistakes happen get over it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:33 pm, August 20, 2006  

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  • Oh, diddums ... you got angry 'coz I made fun of a footballer ... cry me a river!

    I doubt any footballers are too cut up about this site. (Few would get online, I'm guessing.)

    There are literally hundreds of fansites devoted to hero-worshipping Aussie Rules footballers. Not to mention the thousands of column-inches in the papers and hundreds of hours of television programming each year. Why don't you piss off and enjoy that?

    I'm sure humanity can handle just one site devoted to footballer failings, inadequacies and criminality.

    I'm not alone. The fact that this is one of the highest-ranked (by Google) non-commercial footy sites in the world is quite telling.

    By Blogger Greg, at 5:48 pm, August 20, 2006  

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