ONLINE READERS COMMENT: No man is an island, Leon Bailey

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Like many, I was also disappointed reading about Leon Bailey's demands, if he is to join Jamaica's Reggae Boyz.

The star football player has been having incredible success in Europe, mostly due to his own efforts and that of his adopted father and coach Craig Butler and they should be commended for their struggles, determination and hard work.

All Jamaica remains proud of what they have achieved. But Bailey is not the first; Jamaicans like him have shown perseverance to achieve international success in various fields all over the globe, without waiting around for handouts or help.

Humility is a virtue which goes a far way, as success is not only relative, it is also temporary. We should never forget our roots, where we came from, and when we can we should find ways to give back and help our country in any way we can.

We are well aware of the ongoing dispute between the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and Bailey's adopted father/coach Craig Butler over the years which is well played out in the media and elsewhere, but it has become tired and old. Jamaica is far from perfect, and we know the JFF is not yet ideal as an organisation. But there was nothing patriotic about Bailey's demands, which included that if he is to play for Jamaica, so must his adopted brother Kyle.

These demands send the wrong message, a team is never about one player, neither is a country about one person. We should never give in to these types of selfish disrespectful demands bordering on nepotism and narcissism, as it spells trouble and unnecessary disruption and distraction which can never propel success.

We need to move on from the Butlers/Baileys and hope someday they will come to their senses and realize that no man is an island, and no man is a team. P Chin

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