I was going to give this topic a miss because it's been everywhere, but it just won't get out of my head so, I'm sorry but, you're stuck with it.
If you want the whole story go to http://www.3news.co.nz/News/NationalNews/TonyVeitchapologisesforassaultonformerpartner/tabid/423/articleID/62479/Default.aspx?ArticleID=62479 (Still haven't worked through the link technology yet.)
Basically, in a nutshell a high profile television and radio sports presenter has admitted to kicking a former girlfriend so hard that she broke her back in four places, injured her head and was left in a wheelchair. She spent months away from her job as general manager of marketing at Vodafone, had a breakdown and later was forced to quit work. It's been reported that he then paid her $100,000 in return for her silence.
Now, this story broke on Monday. On Monday night, there he was back on our screens reporting the sports news and the radio network that employs him was quoted as saying that nothing would change as far as his employment was concerned. Both organisations were quoted as saying they don't comment on personal matters.
Initially it appeared to be an 'if we ignore it, it will go away' strategy.
However the the Women's Refuge and the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges were having none of it, calling for him to admit what he had done, admit that it was wrong and to make steps to put it right (which didn't include lump sum payments).
On Tuesday it was reported that he would be off air for the week.
On Wednesday he held a press conference, expressing remorse and admitting he 'lashed out in anger, something I will regret to the end of my days. I have lived with that night in my conscience ever since, and I will always do so. I make no excuses for what I did.'
It's a good apology and who ever wrote it for him did it well, but what I really cannot fathom about this case (aside from the brutally obvious) is that both TVNZ and Radio Sport initially avoided dealing with this issue by saying it was a personal issue?
WHAT THE FUCK?
It's been reported that one of your highest profile presenters has seriously assaulted a woman and you're saying it's got nothing to do with you because it's a personal issue?
Call me crazy, but isn't that like saying it's okay?
Do you guys know how much money is spent with your organisations in ad campaigns preventing domestic violence?
Are we to take from this that Jo Average should refrain from domestic violence, but it's okay for your presenters?
And by saying sorry does it make it okay now?
When you consider this assault happened two years ago it does beg the question, is he sorry for what he did, or is he sorry because he got found out ?