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Two Jacks...two different outcomes!

  • Two Jacks...two different outcomes!

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Debutant, Jack Silvagni of the Blues in action during the 2016 AFL Round 15 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 2, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

  • Two Jacks...two different outcomes!

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Kieran Jack of the Swans watches on during warm-up ahead of the 2016 AFL NAB Challenge match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Drummoyne Oval on March 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

For the past few weeks the footy and family have been prominent in the media, one for the right reasons, the other, not and interestingly both with a “Jack” in their name. 

When Jack Silvagni came out to play for the senior side at Carlton, he came out with a huge legacy behind him.  With SOS involved in the club, when it came to Jack, he did the one thing that a sensible, dedicated parent would do, he stepped back.  He allowed Jack to be Jack.  To earn a place in the senior side and not to just expect it.  He allowed Jack to be just like any other player in the club, there would be no nepotism in this regard whether Jack plays or not.  Last weekend when Jack was selected, both SOS and his legendary father, Serge, sat next to Jack for the media as proud parent and grand-parent.  That’s it no more. 

This week we have seen the very public issue of the Jack family involving Sydney player Kieran Jack and his parents.  What should have been a very private family issue has escalated into a media circus that was brought upon by the one person who should have known better, his mother.  No matter what the issue is and I don’t really care because it is none of my business, the moment the mother took to a public forum to air her disappointment in not being able to be at the game to celebrate a special occasion, Kieran Jack’s 200th game, she crossed a line.  It is a line that should never have been made public and affects not only Jack himself, but the rest of his team, family and friends. 

Admonishing a child in public, no matter how old that child is, should never happen.  It causes a rift and bitterness that may never be healed.  As a parent when your child is in the public eye any issues must and should be handled in private and not in a public forum.  Two Jacks were in the media this week where one got nothing but family support and the other did not.  Where one had family sitting behind them supporting them no matter what, the other had those who should know better, turn on him in a very public way.

I applaud Jack Silvagni’s family for the way they are handling Jack’s inclusion into the senior club side and I applaud Kieran Jack for the way he is handling this situation, which should never have happened in the first place.

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