Kelly's World | 'Respek' is a helluva ting
Spelling aside, there's a term going around (or gone and done by now, cause slangs move so fast), that says, "put some 'respek' on my name", or something like that.
Like I said, the spelling is not quite what you would want because children are already confused about the rules of English. However, I think the sentiment should be universally understood. There's an alarming lack of respect being shown in society, and I'm not talking about Jamaica. It's a world problem, and it needs to be corrected.
Some positions and occupations command respect. Note, you don't necessarily respect the individual actually holding the post, but you respect the office they hold. And that's fine. But the thing is, in other areas, respect has to be earned - like in street basketball. You get a nickname if other players respect your game you can't give yourself one. In my own personal life, I can understand why some people don't respect me. I don't command it. Yet. But that's
another column for another time.
Now, we can argue that not everyone who holds a certain office deserves 'respek'. For example, a football referee who is having an atrocious game. I know what you're thinking. There should be no exception. But I can totally understand a player who feels he's been wronged telling the official about his private parts. Now, don't get me wrong. It's not right, nor should it go unpunished. But I understand why it happens.
NEW CONDUCT RULES
Well, expect to see a few games in the English Premier League end with fewer than 11 players on both sides, because the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association have laid down new rules for conduct. So all those players who have been known to tell di ref to "f#*@ off" (and trust me, you can read their lips) will be taking early showers. Now again, I understand the frustration of fans and players (more as a fan, because I never really played). But I fully endorse the new rules. In fact, they are overdue. Even members of my beloved Manchester United have gone too far with their protestations over the years.
But on a wider scale, I support any institution, international or local, that tries to do something about increasing the show of respect. Children look up to sports stars, and if the stars begin to show respect to officials, the hope is that the behaviour will trickle down. Thing is, respect is a two-way street. And not everyone is held to the same standard. So some people feel a player can tell off di ref, but the referee dare not reply, or he's deemed unprofessional. That's not fair. A player pushes an official, he gets suspended for 'x' number of games. The official does it, he probably gets banned for life. He's certainly looked at differently if he ever gets another game.
Bottom line, we cannot take respect too seriously. Now, if we can just get local fans to stop telling refs 'bout dem madda, we might be on to something.
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