By Ayo Dada
Animal lovers, I come in peace!
I do not in anyway condone what Kurt Zouma did to his cat!
But, we are human beings and not robots.
Have his critics stopped for a second to consider his psychological state at the time?
Does football consider our cultural differences in their judgements of such cases, or is respect for diversity a facade in football? I am aware that in some cultures, cats are delicacies. (Again, I am not and will never condone Zouma’s actions).
This was done in the privacy of his home, which doesn’t make it right, but….
Is the life of a cat more important than the life of Kurt Zouma? I ask because, now they are going for his livelihood and freedom.
This man has apologized and fined almost 3 hundred thousand pounds, and suspended for at least a match.
Are we not allowed to make mistakes anymore or is it because he is black?
For the last point, check out what people are saying in England;
Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, he got banned for 8 games and fined for £40k.
In a show of support towards their team-mate who had just been found guilty of racially abusing another professional, the Liverpool players wore t-shirts with ‘Suarez 7’ customized for them during their warm-up for a game against Wigan at the DW stadium.
No sponsor cancelled anything. Adidas only gave him a warning.
Eden Hazard was given a 3 match ban for kicking a 17 year old ball boy. No sponsor cancelled anything.
Harry Maguire assaulted a police officer and was trying to bribe him. No fine. No cancel culture. No sponsor cancelled anything.
Kurt Zouma kicked and slapped his cat. He got his sponsorship deal terminated by adidas. Got fined £250k. Had his cats taken away from him.
Vitality terminated their contract with his club West Ham, because of him.
They are calling for his prosecution and asking West Ham to terminate his contract through their petitions that have gathered more than 400 thousand signatures, and counting.
Chris Kirkland, a retired professional footballer is moving a petition for Zouma’s arrest while also saying hitting a cat is worse that racism.
Mason Greenwood is facing charged for abusing his girlfriend…Mendy is also facing charges of assault and rape…yet Siggurdsson of Everton has not been publicly named for rape and assault of a minor. He’s just been suspended quietly by his club. Yes you guessed right, He is white!
The population of black players in the sport is quite large to continue to remain silent in all of these, taking the knee will never be enough. They need to fight back with their voices too, and may be their money, may be to boycott addidas and TV companies in Africa to add their voice and whatever financial pressure they can exert on the premiership.
LEAVE ZUMA ALONE, HE HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR HIS MISTAKE. WE HAVE PEOPLE BEING KILLED BY TERRORISTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WEST AFRICA, THERE ARE NO OUTCRIES FROM HIS DETRACTORS ABOUT THESE, OBVIOUSLY, WE KNOW WHOSE LIVES MATTER.
For me, when addidas reinstates Zouma’s endorsement contract, then, and only then, will I buy their products or have them on my body again.
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