Former cricketer and self-admitted match fiddler Lou Vincent is alleged to have received several hundred thousand dollars in ill-gotten cash over the years he betrayed his team-mates and teams’ fans, feeling no compunction about the betrayal because, he says, Cricket NZ had treated him badly over the years.
For this he sold out everything he purported to stand for, and whatever integrity he once might have had.
The way he was treated is nothing compared to the way he treated his employers, and those who love and follow his sport. To those he put two fingers up and reached with both hands for the money.
And all for what?
A nice car? A nice house? Some decent holidays?
But how can you ever truly enjoy any of that?
How can you? If you have any shred of decency at all, you can’t look yourself in the mirror. And if all decency has disappeared, then you’re incapable of any real enjoyment.
And what friend, or life partner, would truly want to enjoy your company? When ostracism from anyone with any decency is deserved; association only with scoundrels your only future.
What benefit is it, you might ask yourself, to gain all the material possessions the world can give, but in the process lose your soul?
This sorry, pathetic excuse for a man is now beginning to find out.
Lou Vincent has in recent times “opened up” about “battling depression.” I’d suggest he brought at least some of that upon himself, and there are few who might deserve it more.
I fully accept I need to be punished but it would mean the world to me to have the opportunity to give something back to cricket, the sport I love, when my punishment is served.
Fuck him. He already has exactly what he deserves: ignominy.
A life ban should be the only thing he ever now receives from the sport he “loves.”
Vincent has confessed and, by becoming a whistleblower, has at least provided a small positive to a negative story. But I do not congratulate him or want to see him made out to be a hero.
He took money from fixers so he is a disgrace. He has thrown away everything. I played quite a lot of cricket against Louie. I always thought he was a talented player. He was a great strokemaker who had a brilliant reverse sweep he struck hard at a time when that kind of thing was quite unusual in the game. He was an excellent, athletic fielder and had a huge amount of talent. It was nonsense for him to think the game was not good to him. He was an international cricketer playing for his country, an overseas player in county cricket with a good career and a nice living that many people would envy.
He was obviously susceptible to being manipulated and that is something you could never guess from playing against him. It makes you wonder how many more players are harbouring dark secrets.
I have always said the best deterrent is a life ban. Anyone convicted of being involved in match-fixing should be kicked out of the sport for good.