The social media abuse suffered by Danny Cipriani following the recent suicide of his former girlfriend Caroline Flack is totally and utterly unacceptable.
Do people not stop to think what effect such abuse might have on someone who is feeling vulnerable? Do they not see the correlation between their actions and how they might impact their "victim's" mental health? Can they not grasp the fact that their behaviour could (and in Ms Flack's probably did) contribute to someone taking their own life?
Now, I realise that I need to be careful here - after all, I have given Danny Cipriani, amongst others, plenty of stick on this blog over the years. I would argue that such content was meant to be funny and irreverent rather than malicious - but I can see more and more how fine a line that distinction might be.
While I'm not egotistical enough to suppose that any rugby player of any note reads any of the drivel that I post, that's not really the point is it?
And so, time for a new leaf - whilst still prepared to call out iffy behaviour on and off the rugby pitch and, where appropriate, take the piss (because where would we be without it?), I will take care to ensure there will be no more personal stuff.
And the first thing to go is the Total Flanker Hall of Wazzocks, which is gratuitous and unnecessary and is hereby deleted, along with any accompanying posts.
Just a start, but hopefully a step in the right direction.
Meanwhile kudos to Gloucester for looking after Cipriani and for making their next home game against Sale an event in support of mental health issues.