Sporting Life

Entitled stars are letting down the kids who idolise them

Let's think of the kids that sport forgot. The jersey-buying, poster-pasting kids who fly through their homework just to get to the field. The adoring kids who watch and imitate and never realise that we're feeding them counterfeit heroes wearing seedy capes. Like Australian Test cricket captain Steven Smith, a batsman of luminous skill now stained forever by a murky act of cheating.

Let's pause briefly and think of Chris, the high school teacher who calls in to an Australian radio show and quietly laments the fall of standards. He taught sport last season and says, "unfortunately I've seen kids claim questionable catches and justifying it because that's what they see internationally".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Entitled stars are letting down the kids who idolise them'. Print Edition | Subscribe