Gibbs’s acts ‘of great concern’

2010-11-02 07:13

Proteas cricket player Herschelle Gibbs’s reported behaviour involving drugs and alcohol was of “great concern” due to the many young people who looked up to him, the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence said yesterday.

“Such cricket enthusiasts revere Gibbs and other players, but the message they now receive is that it is acceptable to use excessive alcohol, smoke dagga and indulge in sexual orgies,” Sanca said.

In his book, To the Point, excerpts of which were carried in the press on Sunday, Gibbs tells of sexual escapades while on tour with the national team, as well as his troubles with alcohol and dagga. The book was released yesterday.

“Dagga is a gateway drug that frequently leads to more serious drug addiction,” Sanca said.

It was also regrettable, according to Sanca, that the top-order batsman’s stay in a rehabilitation facility for alcohol treatment seemingly failed to make him realise the potentially devastating effect alcohol addiction had on families and large sections of society.

The orgies he and teammates had participated in would fail to provide young cricket fans with messages about the dangers of HIV/Aids.

“Given the important role sportsmen and international cricketers fulfil in shaping a world view and value system among many young people and scholars, Sanca urges Cricket SA to take whatever action it is able... to restore the credibility of international cricket as a game of honour in the eyes of the youth.”

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