Martin van Beynen wrote a hit piece on me in The Press yesterday.
In his considered opinion I deserve a smacking.
So errant cricketer Jesse Ryder wants to fight rogue blogger Cameron Slater in a charity punchup in Christchurch next month.
It looks like a match-up made in heaven – but for a few little issues.
The first is that Ryder has not that long ago been in hospital with what appears to be a major head trauma.
He maintains he has had medical clearance but I wonder what the medical staff who looked after him and restored him back to health think of him putting himself at needless risk.
Ryder, who has squandered his natural cricketing talents through ill-discipline, already seems short of a few brain cells and you have to wonder if this is the sort of risk he should be taking.
It may have escaped van Beynen’s attention that this is a charity boxing match, both Jesse and I are getting in the ring for Kidscan…not for anything else, although there is considerable personal physical benefits including rapid weightloss and seeking out a challenge. I’ve nowÂ met Jesse and he has had as torrid a time with media as I have…we are kindred spirits as far as that goes. Â He’s a quiet and humble bloke…not at all that has been portrayed by media scum.
Slater’s participation is not much more than a public-relations stunt.
As one of the country’s most loathed and tainted figures, he may see the fight for charity as a way to make amends and show that deep down he is a brave and worthy bloke who is prepared to front up to the country and redeem himself through pugilism.
I would rather see him redeem himself by spending a year washing dishes in a Salvation Army refuge for the homeless but, I guess, with his good connections in business and elsewhere, he should raise a pretty penny for charity.