Reserving judgment: Let’s not make Ronaldo another Kavanaugh

This morning, the FBI found no link between Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. With Cristiano Ronaldo facing a similar, I suggest we stick to the facts, and not automatically judge.



Invariably, when one allegation is shot down, another rises. This morning, we discovered that the FBI found no link between Brett Kavanaugh and the claims made against him, but we also discovered that their conclusion was drowned out by the sound of raucous complaint and celebrity arrest.



The argument may not be over, but the salient facts are these, the investigation found no link. Whether or not the investigation was legitimate is both a topic for further conversation, and is also the reason why it should cease.

The people called for an FBI investigation, the FBI investigation found nothing, the people should accept the outcome.

I’m all for shining the light on wrongdoing and punishing those worthy of it, but I feel in the midst of anger abetted by Donald Trump, our thinking was coloured. Any side that Donald is on, is the wrong one. I get it, it’s hard to side with someone that is so easy to disagree with. In the modern realm, the learning curve is a steep one. We’re so desirous of change, we clutch at anything in order to make it a meaningful something. The whole truth is a matter of subjectivity, now while I admit that Brett Kavanaugh didn’t cover himself in noble glory, that doesn’t mean he was wrong.

To that end, Kavanaugh himself said  “(I) might have been too emotional” and “said a few things I should not have said”

Fortunately, we have an opportunity to apply the formative lessons of Kavanaugh, as footballer Cristiano Ronaldo fielded similar accusations, stemming from an incident dating back to 2009. As a result of the allegations, he was stood down by his national team, and will miss Portugal’s upcoming fixtures.

The rape allegations were raised by a former model, who claims that Ronaldo assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. The police of Las Vegas reopened the case when new information came to hand. Ronaldo denied the accusation, calling rape “an abominable crime”. To that end, his employers doubled down, and in turn, enacted a similar tone as Donald’s defence of Kavanaugh, albeit in a more sensible colour:



Ronaldo’s sponsors are not so supportive. EA Sports, the video game franchise that chose Ronaldo to front their marketing, stated: “…we are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”

Conversely, Nike (who Ronaldo signed a $1BN deal with back in 2016) stepped the same line, stating: “…we are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

With both parties choosing to not choose a side, they’ve decided to wait until a decision is made. Therein lies the danger, however, as both enterprises are driven by the customer, and a public backlash could easily force their hands, and see them change their minds before the truth is uncovered.

What we have in 2018, is two competing narratives: What is being said, and what we want to hear.

I’m not saying that Ronaldo is innocent, but I’m certainly not saying he’s guilty.

Not yet.




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