The captain of the Australian Cricket Team apologized, in tears, for the cheating plot he and two other team members concocted. Their plot involved sandpapering the cricket ball, something that makes the ball more difficult to control. The three were caught on video and removed from the team and banished from cricket for 9 months to one year.
The captain of the Australian Cricket Team is right up there in power rankings, second only to the prime minister. Australians take cricket seriously and fooling around with the cricket ball dishonors the team and Australia.
The young team captain seems like a sincere young man, and his remorse and regret are the marks of a mature individual. The old saw is that everybody cheats in sports. Perhaps so, but the difference lies in the response. Contrast this young man’s post-cheating scandal behavior with Tom Brady’s. Denials, refusing access to his cell phone, and going to court are the stuff of fooling around with football inflation. Or consider all the steroid athletes and their chutzpah in denials. And the team owners and the league saying, “Who knew?” One more difference, the coach for the Australian Cricket Team resigned. He was not implicated in the actions. He did so out of honor. We could use a little cricket in our sports.