The up-to-date version of the age-old tale has a “powerless” female giving a mighty sportsman a comeuppance*.
This week’s “scorned woman” is Jaya Taki, the young woman who exposed NRL player Tim Simona for his drug use, fraudulent use of charity funds and gambling addiction.
Simona is apparently addicted to both gambling and drugs, mental health problems that can be difficult to resolve.
Simona has admitted to using cocaine and setting up a Sportsbet account in his former girlfriend’s name to bet on matches, some involving his team, Wests Tigers. He has been handed an indefinite suspension from the NRL and was deregistered late last week.
In an interview with Channel Nine News on Sunday night, Taki revealed that the former player also forced her to have an abortion after she became pregnant while the two were still seeing each other.
No force was applied, “Ms Taki, already a mother-of-one, said she decided to have an abortion after being told by Simona a baby would ‘ruin his career'”. Oops, girlfriend lifestyle affected.
Simona has separately confirmed that he told Taki she should terminate the pregnancy and that “I wouldn’t be there to support them.”
“In the end,” Taki said, “I gave in to him. I was so sick and so tired. He won.”
Predictably, Taki has been characterised by some fans as little more than a ‘bimbo’ and an extorter. Her moral defence isn’t exactly helped by the fact she tried to wrangle $10,000 (or a “boob job”) out of him to buy her silence, but one could also argue that this is a reflection of the limited bargaining power most women involved in football code scandals actually have.
Extortion isn’t bargaining.
Even without considering the power imbalance held between highly paid football players and the women drawn into their orbit (many of whom will be envied and maligned in equal measure), it is absolutely false to assert that no one can be forced into having an abortion.
True, but it didn’t happen here.
It is not uncommon for violence to manifest or worsen when pregnancy occurs. In fact, women face an increased risk of intimate partner violence during pregnancy. Or consider that another way – pregnancy commonly coincides with the the first instance of violence in an intimate relationship.
No violence is alleged.
Whatever your thoughts on Taki, repeated evidence seems to indicate that the NRL and its subsidiary team bodies take a far less vigilant stance on tackling the violent behaviour of some of their players towards women than they do drugs and gambling.
The NRL is obviously totally ignoring the “problem”.
Let’s not forget that it was only this month that Eels player Kenny Edwards was given a paltry seven match ban and a $60,000 fine after he admitted to using violence against his ex-partner late last year.
The violence was significantly more “paltry” than the ban and fine, as Clementine Ford, the author of the less than truthful excerpts above, well knows – thus no link.
During the course of an argument between Kenny and his ex-partner, Kenny sprayed water from a water bottle onto her face and body. Kenny returned a short time later and, whilst still arguing, poured the contents of a raspberry vodka cruiser bottle over the complainant and the bed.
Kenny’s lawyer and the senior prosecutor agreed to a guilty plea, whereby Kenny plead guilty to common assault under Section 10 and no conviction was recorded, with a good behaviour bond for 6 months.
Ford, always inclined to bend the truth, as are all feminists, is increasingly prone to outright fabrication in portraying females as helpless victims of predatory males. having trouble meeting the two columns a week quota? Just make something up.
* Appropriately for a modern take on the David and Goliath tale, the fatal blow was delivered not by slingshot but rather by a message-laden mobile phone delivered to NRL authorities by the out-for-revenge former girlfriend. Take note gentlemen: beware the powerless female.