Just how dangerous is it calling Danny Cipriani rugby's George Best
I'll be first to admit I'm guilty of helping generate it, but the mounting hype surrounding Danny Cipriani is spinning dangerously out of control. I think it's just out of sheer frustration England journos and fans have pegged so much on his shunned shoulders. However perhaps The Times have gone the most over the top - referring to poor Danny as rugby's very own George Best! Oh dear...
Stephen Jones in the Sunday Times wrote: "The [nigh club] incident will probably double the public and media attention and people will worry that rugby has, if in a different key, its own George Best."
Jones views Cipriani as "among the greatest young talents we have ever seen," adding that his axeing from the team for breaking the curfew that had been imposed on the England players has given rise to "a sense of loss, and a sense of let-down - and also concern for Cipriani.
"He is a brilliant talent but you always suspected that there were complications below the surface, perhaps even a dark side, and that his own relentless, driven personality, his supreme dedication, may have an effect, a reaction," Jones writes. "He is also a young man, and because of his life as a precocious young player in academies and rugby scholarships, he is someone who missed out on his teenage wastrel years."
Surely even mentioning the Best and Cipriani names on the same page is asking for trouble. If only I hadn't just gone and done it again!
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