steerpike wrote:Now your starting to sound like a hoodwinked fan boy. Look, it was wonderful to see Mr Wiggins win the tour - utterly wonderful. It was also a shame to see him respond with his foul mouthed rant at the tour - it doesn't have to be love or hate / black or white. If you think he's 'charismatic' for chucking a few C words around in the public domain then that's a sorry definition of charisma. It is possible to be angry and mantain some dignity.
Oh boy. Please point out where I said that's the definition of charismatic? Or you could simply stop putting words in my mouth. It might help make him more
charismatic than a typical don't-say-anything-without-checking-with-PR celebrity, but it's hardly the only requirement!
Would his strong anti-doping views have got anything like the attention they did if he'd gone off and consulted with the Sky PR team before opening his mouth and spouting something entirely predictable and boring that we've heard hundreds of times before? No, of course they wouldn't.
steerpike wrote:As for him only being accountable to those who pay his wages? That's plain poppycock. Like football, or any sport for that matter, the fans *are* the sport.
Yes yes we all know that cliche. It still doesn't mean you as a fan are entitled
to anything from the people who are actually participating. You might think
you are, but that's irrelevant.
steerpike wrote:Now I'd be the last person to suggest we hold footballers up as examples of rounded sportsmen, but can you imagine if Steven Gerrard had called football fans ' a bunch of c***s'?? He'd be signing his own death warrant.
That's not even close to what Wiggins did IIRC - the "c*nts" outburst was directed at people who were implying that the only way he'd been able to perform as he had was through doping. I can understand that - in his new book there's a bit where he explains it to a journalist as feeling the same way as someone telling you that your kids aren't your own. I can understand how he feels about it and it certainly wasn't a general "f*ck you" to all cycling fans. Why would he do that?
steerpike wrote:Our sport has been something of an oddity to this nation until this point. Opinions of cyclists and cycling WILL be formed by his behaviour, whether he likes it or not, whether this is fair or not. Sorry Wiggo, it comes with the territory of being The Best Cyclist in the World.
Continuing to put up a big F-CK YOU sign to the world doesn't help people understand his almighty achievements and it does nothing to help raise our status on the roads of the UK.
Similarly to the TdF outburst, do we really have to explain to you that he was giving the finger to the photographers hounding him all over the place, not to the nation in general? If I was in his position I'd happily shoot all of them, it's ridiculous the lengths they'll go to for a photo. Although it says a lot about the general public too that there is even a market for the photos they take.