Now the media get to have their say
For starters, Neil Lennon does not bring this on himself.
Anyone who says or believes this line is an idiot and possibly with an agenda of their own that they need to examine.
The attacks by individuals, being beat up in the street, the nail bombs in the post and now even being attacked at his place of work are all sickening and all out of order. However, it is the continual attacks on Lennon in the media, on social media and network sites and in general chit chat between people that is really sickening.
Make no mistake, the media have a large role to play in this. They didn’t the start the hate campaign against Lennon, being Irish Catholic was enough to make Lennon evil in some people’s eyes from the moment he landed in Scotland but knowing it’s a ratings winner in this country, the media have went with it. No doubt many of the writers and reporters genuinely believe that Lennon brings it on himself but again, you maybe need to question their reasons for thinking this or asking what is it he does that brings it on himself.
This morning there has once again been a rush to, if not condemn Lennon, then to at least justify why someone would try to attack him…and then paint Lennon as the bad guy for not standing back and accepting a beating. Graham Speirs, Derek Johnstone and Ewen Murray, since the attack, have all peddled opinions about Lennon being as much to blame. Johnstone even reported the incident as though Lennon was the instigator.
It seems astounding that in a time when there are people trying to kill someone that this person is being given the majority of the blame for it. The culture of ‘blaming the victim’ is a bizarre one but it is very much alive in Scotland today. Not just the West Coast of Scotland, which is another lie that is commonly trotted out, all of Scotland.
Sadly, you would not blame Lennon for walking away and if this occurs, Scotland will be a darker place. No doubt there will be celebrations if this is the case but even on a purely footballing level, Scotland would have lost the services of one of the brightest up and coming managers in the business. However, if Lennon does walk away, the bigots win and what is to stop them from running out anyone else that follows?
In saying that, it is a decision for Neil Lennon to make on behalf of himself and his family and ultimately, it has nothing to do with football. Which coincidentally enough, the reason for many people’s hatred of Neil Lennon has nothing to do with football, it just gives them a convenient excuse to hide behind.
By the way, there was a game of football at Tynecastle last night, Celtic won 3-0 and were convincing from start to finish…not that it is the important issue.