America should call St Kilda Football Club for tips on how to deal with Julian Assange and Wikileaks. These guys are good at playing the victim and they seem to have better lawyers than US Defence. If Assange was up against St Kilda, he'd be in jail and likely convicted by now, if not actually convicted, then certainly paraded in the streets, tarred, feathered and thoroughly vilified.
Big boys do cry, just ask big boy captain Nick Riewoldt. Poor baby, he's humiliated and upset at naked photo's - the taking of which he was fully aware and cooperative - his girlfriend and family have been embarrassed and upset. Nick Riewoldt is 28 years old and apparently so profoundly modest that he's never before been seen naked (well, by anyone except his footy mates, which is not at all mortifying). Standing about being photographed naked in a hotel room by his team mate must have been an aberration for the delicate Riewoldt. His sensibilities have been offended by the publication of those photographs on the interwebs.
The girl seeking payback copied the photo's from a PC owned by the St Kilda player with whom she was in a sexual relationship for a short while, when she was just 16 years old. It may have been a short fling, but it was long enough to fall pregnant twice, once with twins that ended in a miscarriage, and secondly with a baby still born in October this year, or so she claims. She is now 17 years old and her family has all but disowned her.
To her credit, she has been pristinely honest about her motivation for circulating the naked pictures: revenge - plain, simple revenge. I almost wish she had better ammunition going for her than a bunch of uncontroversial naked photos - although via a court order, she has been forced to agreed to destroy all photos of naked St Kilda players in her possession.
It's not as though Riewoldt or his chums were getting blow jobs from puppies (and a big hello to Canberra rugby players!). I gather they were doing nothing more than standing around sans clothes. Hardly what you'd call controversial, even if it does seem a little gay that they sleep naked when sharing hotel rooms together and take naked pics of one another.
Last year, and probably to this day, a naked photo of Laura Bingle was passed around the entire country, via the AFL - the same AFL that is currently going into meltdown over naked pictures of their players. No one gave a toss about Bingle. The AFL players sneered, as did the public. Bingle had not been a cooperative participant in the taking of that photograph.
On the one hand we have the chief of the AFL insisting that they have offered to pay for continued professional counselling for the troubled teenager, on the other we have St Kilda threatening - THREATENING - the 17 year old with legal action to gain a legal financial penalty that they would request be enforced for the next 15 years.
This is obscene. I can't think of a more blatant case of brutal public bullying in recent times, and yet no one - not a single journalist, certainly not the AFL, and not the players, and not even her family - is defending - or protecting - her.
Sexually used by a St Kilda player at the age of 16, pregnant twice (her claim), both conceptions ending sadly (her claim), by the age of 17, and now the bully boys have their lawyers threatening to chase her for money for the next 15 years.
Despicable. The AFL, and St Kilda in particular, should be deeply ashamed, and so should the public, for not speaking up.
The story is obscene, but not because a few people got to see "Saint Nick" naked. What a whuz of a man, a pathetic bleating little boy. He's not threatening to sue Sam Gilbert, the player and team mate who took the photos and saved them to his computer for more than a year, despite being asked to delete them from his camera. Of course, why Riewoldt and the others didn't have the brains to sit there (naked) and scroll through the shots deleting them from the camera themselves, as soon as they'd been taken, is a question that we can be certain will never be answered. Too brainless, would seem the obvious explanation.
The major development in the last day or so is that "Saint Nick" will not lose his sponsors over the controversy - so newsworthy it warranted a major headline. And why on earth would he lose sponsors? He allowed Gilbert to photograph him naked, nothing else. Big whoop.
Compared to this lot, Laura Bingle is a shining example of dignity, discretion and intelligence.
Riewoldt, Gilbert and the entire St Kilda football club need to grow up, and to grow a pair - between them.
Sadly, the unnamed 17 year old girl claims to still be in love with low life Sam Gilbert.
She is also, as far as I understand it, the same girl at the centre of the suspension of a senior police officer ... here.
She needs help, now, bad, soon.
A teenager in need of help (not off the rails ...)
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