Why do sports stars think they can get away with crimes?

Here we go again.

The NZ Herald reports on yet another sports star before the courts claiming special privileges lest their career be upset by a conviction.

An international basketball player will seek a discharge without conviction on a drink-drive charge today in a bid to save her sporting career.

Tall Fern Jordina Katu said the “stupid” mistake should not prevent her from fulfilling her potential in basketball and insisted she had given up alcohol to prove she had taken the incident seriously.

The 27-year-old will be sentenced this morning at the Auckland District Court, where she will argue that a conviction could limit her international travel.

She blew a reading of 704 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath when she was stopped in May. The adult legal limit is 400mcg. 

If the battle is ever to be won over drink driving she has to get a conviction against her name.

It’s a tough call jeopardising your career as an international sports person but should she be any different from anyone else looking to travel either as a part of their job eg pilot or exporter or as someone looking to expand their work experience internationally eg nurse, doctor, young corporate or just plain old Joe Blow heading off on their OE.

When will they learn?

I suspect when there are proper consequences not a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket.


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