Should convicted rapist regain £1.5 million job?
CONVICTED RAPIST Ched Evans has pleaded for his old job back.The football ace, 25, has begged to return to his previous role as striker in team Sheffield United. It was revealed Sheffield United planned to reinstate Evans in the squad. Attempting to avoid such scrutiny, the club have backtracked after public outrage.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced into hiding twice, including changing her name and identity. Club fans have began chanting Evans and cheering him as a hero at football games for his actions. Evans continues to plead innocence blaming his victim for being intoxicated as an excuse after his convicted sentence. A miscarriage of justice is being looked into by the Crime and Justice department over his half served sentence.
Rape victims and his victim herself have been demoralised with the continued public attitude of Evans trying to gain fans pleading blind innocence which many feel mock the justice system and allow rapists to be excusable for their actions.
Clayton McDonald, the original man who had consensual sex with the victim, texted Evans telling him he “had a girl” in a hotel and encouraged Evans to come along. Evans, who willingly knew what he was going into, did not gain the consent of the victim and later claimed her drinking was to blame for a false claim of rape.
Evans has since gained a doting girlfriend and has been publicly laughing and enjoying time out with her whilst the victim has been forced into hiding numerous times, to try and integrate into society from her ordeal.
The debate raged as to whether Evans should retain his previous job on a whopping one and a half million pounds, possibly extended to three million in the future. The lack of remorse from Evans and attitude to blame the victim with an easy excuse of intoxication is an utter disgrace. As a PR move, it is an even bigger catastrophe. While a criminal who serves their time should be able to re-integrate into society, a high profile position is extremely questionable.
We believe anyone should have a chance to be a part of society again, but Evans should not return to his over priced job, nor in a public setting. A constant reminder to the victim and to others always seen on the pitch and earning high salaries is outrageous. In a role which children and their supporting fathers view football as role models and the vitriol attached to fan support of their on pitch heroes, destroys the boundaries between crime and redemption. Evans can return to different jobs, but as a footballer on a public scale, as a role model and convicted sex abuser, the red card should be officially shown. Failing to show this from old club Sheffield United, or any other, sends the message that excuses rape and allows it to continue. They would be just as at fault for Evans not conforming to his own red card line to retract from sex with the unwillling victim.
With the football game branded as a mob culture with fans abusing minority groups or rival club supporters Evans’ inclusion again after such wrongdoing is counter-productive. Evans should be banned from the pitch as he has given away those rights. This goes for any other footballer. The message it sends to fans is that it is okay to abuse people with verbal or physical and sexual abuse. The game will always be looked at as anything but beautiful and cast into a murky attitude as a national sport. Fans want the game to be s glorious as they feel it in their hearts. Though no amount of protecting it for the sake of it without reason will make it respectful. Should Evans return to the pitch, football’s credibility will diminish entirely.
That isn’t something any sporting hero, club or fan should appreciate under any circumstance.
Evans even has the sheer distaste to publish a book after appealing his case to become enshrined as innocence despite serving his half-time for being a full on convicted rapist.