Thursday, 3 May 2018

Jackson and Olding not for Sale?

Rumours that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are on their way to Manchester next season have been dismissed by Sale Sharks.

According to reports, Sale Sharks had agreed a deal to sign Jackson and were also close to agreeing terms with Olding, the players having had their contracts terminated by Ulster last month following their enormously high-profile rape trial.

Although acquitted, the trial did reveal some pretty unpleasant and offensive behaviour by the pair which ultimately led to their dismissal by Ulster and inevitably means that there will be a certain toxicity about what they do next.

Sale Sharks have decided, it seems, not to take the risk and, while I am not saying that the players are incapable of redemption or that they should not be allowed to rebuild their careers and reputations, any club signing the players as a pair risk being accused of condoning the culture of misogyny that landed the players in court in the first place.

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