Handcuffs wrong

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 “We’re trying hard not to hate Luke McCormick at the moment, but people like David Norris are making it very difficult to do that.”

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Amanda Peak, mother of Aaron and Ben.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 There speaks a dignified woman
Who through her grief
Shows unwarranted compassion
To a life-taking thief

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 An ex-guardian of the nets
Who now cowers in jail
With seven years to reflect
On why the mourners wail

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Laddish culture impervious
Think it’s ok to drink and drive
That it is only they
Who are allowed to ‘come alive’

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 But try convincing that
To the mother of Aaron and Ben
For they’ll never play football
Ever again



Sorry, but this particular tale makes my skin crawl.

Why did David Norris not take the opportunity to show sorrow or respect to the victims, as publicly?

Like Mrs Peak, I understand he might be trying to show a friend that he’s thinking of him, but as the victim’s mother says, he can do that privately.

I say – if he wants to do it publicly – all well and good – but only if he roundly condemns the action of his friend too, and also the absolute foolishness and dangers of the culture of drinking and driving.

From BBCi today :

footballer has been criticised for a “handcuffs” goal celebration apparently in support of a jailed drink-driver.

Ipswich Town midfielder David Norris crossed his wrists, an apparent message for former team-mate Luke McCormick.

Ex-Plymouth goalkeeper McCormick was jailed for seven years for causing the deaths of Aaron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, after drinking at Norris’s wedding.

The boys’ mother Amanda, of Partington, Greater Manchester, said: “You don’t do things like that.”

She said Ipswich should consider reprimanding the midfielder.
“I’m actually quite upset about it,” said Mrs Peak.

“Fair enough, you’re going to show your support, go to prison to see him, write him letters, make phone calls to him, but don’t do things like that.

“We’re trying hard not to hate Luke McCormick at the moment, but people like David Norris are making it very difficult to do that.”

McCormick was twice the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a car carrying the youngsters on the M6 in Staffordshire on 7 June.

Norris, 26, was celebrating scoring Ipswich’s winning goal against Blackpool on Saturday when he made the gesture.

A Football Association spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident and have written to Ipswich to seek an explanation from David Norris for his actions and await his response.”

addendum :
David Norris was fined by Ipswich Town FC.

Further from BBCi :
An Ipswich Town spokesman said the player deeply regretted that his actions were wrongly interpreted.

Link to the story :
Club fines Handcuffs footballer

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/handcuffs-wrong/