Monday, 2 November 2015

A Great Act?

In the last 24 hours, much has been made of Sonny Bill Williams giving his medal away after the presentation at the Rugby World Cup final.


When I first saw this, I was really impressed. However, the more I thought about it, the more I came up with reasons why it wasn't a good thing for him to do. Did it disrespect the work that everyone had put into winning the tournament, did it reward the boy for breaking the rules, did it take the attention away from the retiring players or the rest of the team, or if he wanted to give it away, were there better places it could have gone (like Starship hospital)? Do you think he regrets it a day later? Isn't that something that his children might like to have in the future.

What do you think? Give your full thoughts (including your reasons) below.

27 comments:

  1. I think the boy didn't deserve the medal. He was just a streaker with clothes. You're not supposed to run onto a field with a bunch of rugby players after a world cup final and then get to take their medal.

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  2. I think he gave him his medal because the kid risked being tackled to get close to his hero and he felt sorry that he got "smashed", or he just did it in the moment.

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    1. I agree, but I still don't think he could have made it something quite so extreme

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  3. I think it was good of him to give away his medal, as it was his primary reminder of what he achieved, and I don't think it is at ALL fair to be making too much of it, he gave away his medal, made a fan's day, he didn't have to remember. I think that it could have made a bigger difference, but really? is it any of our business? He did a good deed, don't bash him for it! I say we give him another medal, and move on, so that we can worry about the next situation someone in the middle of Egypt thought was a big deal.

    Please do tell me what you reckon in response to reading this comment.

    James

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    1. I fully agree with you! you took the words right out of my mouth, I think its a good thing he got s new medal.

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    2. We can't give out medals, they're worth something and if we do give them out to random bystanders that just lowers the value of them for all the other players who actual appreciate what they've been given.

      ~ Aryan.G.

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  4. It was really bad for the boy to run on the field and do that and it is the security mans job to do that even though he is a kid. I also agree with Mrs Hogg that the medal could have gone somewhere else but he probably felt it was the right thing to do so that's fine.

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  5. Hi Mrs Hogg
    I think that it was really nice of Sonny Bill Williams to do that, but I think it is unfair that that kid gets to keep the medal because he is braking the rules by jumping out of the stands to meet him. There would be a lot of other kids at the stadium who would have loved to meet the All Blacks and would have been so grateful to get a medal, but they were following the rules and didn't try to jump out and meet them. Though I did think that the secuity guard was a bit harsh though tackling the kid, he could have just got him and taken him back to the stand instead of tackling him.

    Georgia

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  6. I like the fact that Sonny Bill had no problem giving away his medal to a huge fan that would have given anything to meet him, but I also think he could have found a more worthy person to give it away to, by giving him the medal he is encouraging bad behaviour. I think it would have been better if it showed him going somewhere else (like the starship hospital) and giving it away to someone more deserving. There is so much else he could have given to this starstruck fan but instead decided to give away something he himself had only just gotten. I do however love to fact that Sonny Bill was so open to give his medal away to someone he knew was a huge fan.

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  7. This is a bit confusing. A boy runs on, gets tackeled, and then is picked up by SBW and given a gold medal.
    Well this is a bit odd when you think about it...

    Reasons it was a GOOD idea:
    1. It rewarded the boy for his bravery and dedication, after all, it takes guts to just run up there.
    2. The medal dosen't really matter, its just proof. The All Blacks uniform is what really counts.

    BAD idea:
    1. A pat on the back and a hand shake should be enough. There's no need to give the boy a gold medal.
    2. As said in the post, Starship hospital or a charity sounds like a good idea.
    3. Yes, I do think he regrets it a day later.

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  8. Hi Mrs Hogg,
    When I found out about this I was quite shocked and thought it wasn't the best idea in the world but I considered it for a bit and thought it could be a good thing as that kid would feel like the most special person alive. If it was me I wouldn't have given it away for the reasons you pointed out but considering Sonny Bill Williams personality, he probably doesn't regret it as he knows he made that kids day or even week or possibly life... He will be able to go home remembering all of the events that occurred over the past few weeks, the games, receiving the medal and then being able to make a child so happy. Therefore, If he is happy with his decision then I think it was a good one but if he regrets it, it definitely wasn't as he will always have the thoughts that you pointed out. I guess i support his actions while not supporting them at the same time.

    Evahn

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  9. I think this is a cool thing for SBW to do and I don't think he regrets it because, to be honest I think the kid would have been happy with just a hug. I don't think it disrespects the work they put into winning the tournament because they got medals too. Maybe it does reward him for running onto the pitch because he did break the rules, but then again I'm pretty sure the boy is 14 so he would know that it wasn't a reward, just because the security guard tackled him. I don't think it took attention away from the retiring players because everyone was still talking about them, and whether Richie would still play on. If SBW didn't want to give it away he could of just ignored it, or just given him a hug. Maybe there were better of places it could have gone but SBW didn't want to give it away unless it was to the boy for the tackle. SBW probably wasn't thinking at the time of the consequences that could arise, and probably jut thought it was a nice thing to do. I don't think he regrets it because now everyone seems him as a nice person who gave away his world cup medal, not 'Money Bill Williams'. If his children thought that they would be selfish and greedy, and anyway there is still the 2011 world cup medal.

    Anyway, those are just my thoughts, and my outcome is that is was a cool thing to do.

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  10. Hi Mrs Hogg,
    I don't think he should have given away the medal because then the boy and other people who watch this will think that you'll be rewarded for breaking rules and that there will be no consequences. Also it could have gone to better causes like you said, there a lot of people out there who aren't as fortunate as this boy.

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  11. I think that it is disrespectful in some sense and he is supporting such behaviour in the future. If he thought the medal to have such a low value that he can give it to an intruding bystander, he should have auctioned it away and he could have raised so much money for children that actually need it. I think he didn't really think about it and just did it in the heat of the moment and he might even regret it later, this isn't good behaviour from any side.

    ~Aryan.G.

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  12. Like you, I thought that this was really sweet. But then after watching it over and over I realised that maybe he was just doing it for the media or the praise. I agree with you that now he's given away his medal he can't take it back. Will he regret it, maybe I don't know. I think that he should have just taken a few photos and kept his medal. I think that he was a bit inconsiderate in the fact that he is taking away from the fact the Richie and Dan are retiring and that was their last game. Also I think that he was also taking away from the fact that they had won, as a team. Also the kid was breaking the rules and when Sony Bill gave him that medal he was soppurting the fact that the kid did break the rules, and that is not ok. It's not like we won the R.W.C by cheating.

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  13. Like the post said, did Sonny Bill just give away his team's work? Sure, it was an incredibly nice thing to do, and I'd understand if he gave it away to his son or daughter, but just a random kid that ran onto the field and got tackled by a security guard? I,personally, don't agree with that. I think that Williams, if he gave away his medal at all, shuold have given it to his child, or relation.

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  14. I think that he would probably have regretted doing this at a later date, not necessarily the next day, or even that week but maybe in the future when he wanted to look back on that day. I feel like this was rewarding the boy for breaking the rules and could have been handles differently and maybe even better. Not only do I believe in these two points but I also think that, yes it could have been given to somewhere or someone else.

    All in all, I think that giving away the medal like that was not indeed the best idea but a spur of the moment act, that he may come to later regret.. But as I type that it comes to mind that by doing that and showing.. compassion? (Not sure if that's the right word to use..) towards the boy, could be a good thing, as it would take the heat off the boy for breaking the rules..

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  15. Hello Mrs Hogg,

    I think it was plainly out of admiration that the boy ran out onto the feild. all he wanted to do was see his hero, Sonny Bill Williams. However his actions were not allowed hence the reason he got tackled. People should not blame the security guard for what happened, nor should they balme the little kid. Th security guard was just doing his job, if that had been a fully grown adult male no one would have cared at all. On the other hand the kid just wanted to see his star, his actions may have been a tiny bit unorthodfox but really, who's going to blame a little kid for his actions.
    Anyway getting off that I think SBW giving away his medal was in know way appropriate. what he did took all of the attention away from the team and leaving players. He rewarded the boy for breaking the rules and probably made the security guard feel even worse about himself. He probably regrets giving away his medal, because it was such a big achievement. he now has no memory of the world cup and has nothing to remember his experience by. What happened was lovely but not all at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Leigh

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  16. After winner a world cup wouldn't you want something to congratulate the work you've done to get to number 1?
    I think it was kind but really? The kid was breaking the rules and that isn't something that should be encouraged, after that imagine how many kids would be thinking "Hey, if I break the rules I get a medal."? So no I don't think he should have given it away and I don't want to sound rude but Sonny Bill does deserve it a lot more than the kid.

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  17. I think that it was good that Sonny Bill gave away his medal. The boy was reckless running onto the field and his parents weren't responsible by letting him do it. It is good for the boy that got the medal and probably good for Sonny Bill that he gave away the medal. The press will be saying SBW was nice in giving away his medal and he will have a better reputation in the public's eye.
    I think it was good SBW gave his medal to the boy, but other kids might try the same thing in another match now and get into trouble.

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  18. It's great to see that Sonny Bill would give his medal a way to a kid like that but I think rescuing him from being tackled was probably enough.I think that it was pretty much a spur of the moment really. He could have donated it to someone not breaking the rules or someone who didn't have money to be at the game too. Like he could have donated to starship hospital like you wrote above. I think his kids are going to be so disappointed though that they didn't even get to see the medal up close; I know I would be. I also think that he is trying to get some fans back. He wasn't exactly welcomed by heaps of fans when he came back into the All Blacks. But it's done now, I just hope that the kid he gave it to is grateful for the medal and that he doesn't try and sell it.

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  19. Hi Mrs Hogg,

    I think this was a kind thing to do, but I don't think he thought through the choice enough. I think it was a bit of a spur on the moment decision. The boy would have been thrilled to bits to get an All Blacks gold medal, but he was doing the wrong thing. This could inspire future spectators to try it as well, because they may think they have a chance of getting a reward to.

    I also think, Sonny Bill Williams should have kept the medal for himself. He earned it through his and has team's hard work, and he immediately gave it away as though it means nothing. Yes, it may just be a circle of gold, but the dedication that was behind it probably meant a lot to him, as well as his family, team and coach. I don't think it would have selfish to keep it, as he did earn it. I think he will be regretting it now, I know I would be if I was in his position.
    Thanks,
    Emily

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  20. Hello Mrs Hogg
    I'm not quite sure about his actions because, at first I did think it was a great and selfless thing to do, but when I read your thoughts it did change my perspective of the actions and I was looking from another angle. The part hat stuck out the most for me was when you wrote "did it reward the boy for breaking the rules" because he was tress passing or whatever running onto the field is called, and it was almost like a reward. Overall I think is was an amazing act of kindness, but I don't think that the medal was given away at the right time.

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  21. When I see this video, I think of how good of a guy Sonny Bill Williams is. However I don't think the boy should deserve the medal because, he decided to break rules and run into the field. Sonny Bill is a really kind guy and this sends a good message to fans across the world. In the future the kid will probably be inspired by what Sonny Bill did. If Sonny Bill really wanted to give it away then he should donate it to a hospital or museum. I don't think that boy should have gotten the medal. Sonny Bill Williams' goal was probably to reward and inspire young brave fans to someday represent New Zealand.
    This just comes to show that Sonny Bill Williams can be a really warm hearted guy.

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  22. I do believe that this was a spur of the moment act and he is probably regretting it now. I don't think the boy should have gotten the medal as he tried to break through guards and probably barriers to get to the players. what he was trying to accomplish doing this I don't know but I don't believe he should be rewarded for it.
    -olivia

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  23. I don't think that it disrespected the work that everyone had put in to winning the tournament, because no one seemed to mind. I don't think that he should have given him the medal, but I can see that it made the kids day, and maybe SBW thought it was worth it just for that. I don't think that it took anything away from the achievement of the retiring All Blacks. Nearly all of them have played 100 test matches and won back to back world cups. Not much can take away that achievement. It was his decision to give the medal away, and I don't think that he will regret it in the future.

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  24. I think it is perfectly fine. That kid had the courage to run out and hug him. He really wanted a hug and I think Sonny Bill gave him the medal as a kind of token for loving him so much. Also it is a giant publicity stunt. He will have a lot of media attention now which is really good for him.

    If I got a medal I probably wouldn't give it some random kid.

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