Seriously Joan, seriously

Imagine a man hitting his partner. The picture that comes to mind probably involves a scruffy individual, his hand raised and his face contorted with fury. We can all condemn that, can’t we? But what if the angry face is familiar, seen thousands of times in a very different context? If it belongs, say, to the world’s most famous and admired footballer, Diego Maradona?

Judging by the outpouring of grief that followed his death, at the age of 60, it seems too big an ask to admit that our heroes, especially our sporting heroes, have been credibly accused of domestic violence. Maradona’s face just doesn’t fit in that unpleasant picture – unless you’ve seen the video.

Gaaah! The entire world has been treated to endless repetitions of the fact that he was an entirely God Awful man who happened to have one, singular, immense talent.

Or haven’t you been paying attention?

13 thoughts on “Seriously Joan, seriously”

  1. Imagine a woman hitting her partner. The picture that comes to mind probably involves a poor woman who was undoubtedly driven to it and it wasn’t her fault and he probably deserved it and it’s completely different and why isn’t the man being prosecuted?

  2. Now that you mention it, I believe even I vaguely noticed that he was a wicked lad. So the tsunami of vilification must have been immense indeed.

    Of course I’d never even heard of him until the denunciations started.

  3. I understand that the Argentinian authorities are considering if Maradona’s death was suspicious. If this is true, I wonder who had a hand in it?

  4. I hadn’t been paying attention. I knew about him cheating with hand ball and that he was a footballer. But as I have zero interest in football, nothing more. A wife beater should have their own circle of hell, IMO.

  5. ‘Too often we’re in denial about the fact that heroes – such as Maradona and Sean Connery – might also be abusers’

    Or the FACT that Joan Smith might be a serial killer. The fact that Joan Smith might have poisoned 20 people.

    Joan Smith IS a creep. She is EXPLOITING the names of heroes – who might be abusers – to punch up her article. Without Maradona and Connery, no one would read past the first paragraph. Smith has an agenda. She saw an opportunity to bend current events to her agenda. She isn’t writing about Maradona. “Maradona’s death on Wednesday happened to coincide with the international day for the elimination of violence against women.”

    Speaking ill of the dead is a taboo as old as Man. But her cause trumps civility. Outrageously, the Guardian approves and publishes.

  6. Joan Smith Is probably the only person in Britain who might be even more evil than Richard Murphy. A deeply misguided and deranged individual happy to see 96 in a hundred innocent people imprisoned on the basis of false accusation….

  7. “The couple split and got back together several times before Oliva left Maradona for good two years ago.”

    If it was such an awful thing, why did she return to fuck him? I sympathise for women who have a couple of kids and depend on someone, but if you knock on his door and flash your knickers, well, can’t have been that bad, can it? Or at least, you’re making a trade-off with what else he gives you.

  8. Dennis, This Week's Watford Manager

    South American soccer player turns out to be a gigantic asshole.

    Wow, now there’s a story you don’t see often.

  9. Apparently there are even some women who like their men a little rough around the edges, dark with a light S&M twist even. Obviously deluded fools completely under the control of the patriarchy

  10. “Imagine a woman hitting her partner. The picture that comes to mind probably involves a poor woman who was undoubtedly driven to it and it wasn’t her fault and he probably deserved it and it’s completely different and why isn’t the man being prosecuted?”

    Forget hitting, a woman can beat a man to death in a pre-meditated attack nowadays and be lauded for it.

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