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No man is an island, Leon Bailey

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Like many, I was also disappointed reading about Leon Bailey's alleged 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 Jamaican to 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 with Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and Bailey's adopted father and coach over the years, as it has been played out in the media and elsewhere, but it has become tired and old.

The Butlers/Baileys of this world should be reminded that patriotism is not a badge of honour awarded to the chosen few; rather, it is something most of us grow to appreciate and respect and proudly display, even with the little things we do and say.

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 too 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 into these types of selfish and 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 some day they will come to their senses and realise that no man is an island, and no man is a team.

P Chin


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