Jack Todd: Novak Djokovic behaves like a spoiled kid

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The anti-vaxxer is anything that drives those who are just trying to survive into a blind rage.

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It has all the essentials for a 1920s melodrama: the titled celebrity kid, the looming legal battle, the right to collective health and safety versus a person’s desire to do whatever they want.

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Bored of Netflix? Watch Novak Djokovic the day after testing positive for COVID-19 in December, shaking hands and handing trophies to Belgrade with no mask in sight. Tired of the anti-vaccines that clutter our hospitals? Clench his fist and curse Djokovic’s stubborn idiocy, bracing for a fall by refusing to be vaccinated, then projecting himself into the role of victim and martyr.

For people who have lined up for vaccinations, worn masks, washed their hands, accepted all restrictions, even grumbled their way through the last unnecessary curfew, Djokovic is all that pushes those who just try. to survive in blind rage.

Not without reason. Djokovic is one of the most prominent multimillionaires in the world of sports. His primary residence is a spectacular hillside mansion in Monaco, where he lives without the burden of income tax. He owns an apartment in Miami that looks like the deck of an interstellar spaceship.

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All of this and as the men of Canada quietly won a brilliant ATP Cup title, Djokovic’s whining was still the center of the Down Under scene.

Djokovic’s rivals are among the great men in the history of tennis: Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer. Beside them, Djokovic is a spoiled and childish clown, trotting his false science around the world.

Djokovic is not the only one. The NFL has Cole Beasley and Aaron Rodgers dodging vaccines and lying about it. Hockey has Tyler Bertuzzi, who shows his great team spirit by refusing to be vaccinated to be able to play in Canada. The NBA has Kyrie Irving, the flat earth.

But Djokovic is the worst of all. He flaunts the rules and sanity by attending a public service unmasked the day after a positive test, he expects an entire nation to break its rules for him. It calls into question the right of a foreign nation to protect its borders and its people from disease. He refuses to take even the most basic of precautions after a positive test.

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Through it all, he presents himself as a victim, protesting his brief stay in an immigration hotel with 33 souls who are in true limbo, some of whom have been there for nine. year.

An Australian court will hear Djokovic’s appeal on Monday morning (Sunday evening in Montreal) and deliver a ruling, possibly too late for Tuesday’s draw. Assuming he’s turned back to Australia, he’ll likely be faced with the same dilemma if he wants to play Roland Garros: to act like an adult and get the shot or behave like a spoiled kid and miss another Grand Slam.

Under these circumstances, it was refreshing to hear what Nadal had to say: “I believe what people who know about medicine say.”

“If I had never seen Guy Lafleur play hockey, I don’t think I would ever have become a sports presenter,” says Chantal Machabée, who decided to leave RDS after 32 years to become vice-president of communications for the Canadiens . Photo courtesy of the Club de hockey Canadien

The Canadians have hit a home run! Rarely, if ever, do Canadians make a decision that is greeted with universal applause. They could swap Joel Armia for Connor McDavid and part of the fan base would complain about losing size and stamina.

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But the hiring of Chantal Machabée as vice president of communications last week was arguably the club’s most popular move since June 10, 1971, when Sam Pollock drafted Guy Lafleur.

I cannot recall another decision that Canadians made at any level that was greeted with such unanimous approval. Machabée is loved and respected by absolutely everyone in and around the organization. Among the fan base, she is much better known than her predecessors due to her role with RDS, and unlike some of her male colleagues in the broadcast world, she is not the face of anyone on the dart board.

That’s a lot to put on the shoulders of the longtime RDS broadcaster, but Machabée should be up to the task. It won’t be easy. The communications director is pulled all over the place: by a boss who just waits for good press, by journalists asking for time from players and players like Shea Weber and Carey Price who don’t want to give it away, by an audience that wants to know every detail of the lives of its heroes.

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From the start, she will have to manage the very delicate portfolio of Logan Mailloux and help restore the public image of a seriously tarnished club.

Machabée can be successful just by being herself and doing the things her predecessor failed most visibly: being honest. Don’t play favorites. Don’t pit journalists against each other. Don’t fire longtime employees who have been fiercely loyal to CH every step of the way.

It’s in his DNA. Machabée will do the trick.

Hero : Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Steven Diaz, Brayden Schnur, Rafa Nadal, Anthony Calvillo, Max Pacioretty, Keegan Mitchell, Shuai Peng, &&&& last but not least, Chantal Machabée.

Zeros : Novak Djokovic, Kirk Cousins, Cole Beasley, Aaron Rodgers, Kyrie Irving, Tyler Bertuzzi, Urban Meyer, Hockey Canada, IIHF, Claude Brochu, David Samson &&&& last but not least, Jeffrey Loria. Now and forever.

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