Grant Hackett’s 60 Minutes interview has done as much damage to his reputation as he did to his family’s home. It’s pretty clear that when it comes to realising when to stop, all he does is keep going, keep going until crosses the finishing line.
Now that may have worked in his career, but outside of the pool, grown ups need to learn when to pull up, take a breath and suck in your mistakes.
The guy desperately tried to tone down the damage he inflicted on his wife and two little children, essentially leaving them homeless, but even when the photo evidence is leaked, he still thinks more of winning back the public, than he does about shutting up for the sake of his family.
It’s still half a win for Channel Nine by getting Grant on to Sixty Minutes, so potentially having to let him go if the dust doesn’t settle in his favour, which it doesn’t look like it has, won’t be the end of the world. It’s like the Willy Wonka of media gig’s this year so I don’t imagine they’ll be searching for a replacement on Seek.
But let me get to what makes me the sickest. The children involved here. Hackett claims that the kids didn’t see the desecration of their home as his wife “took them one by one to her parents”
Firstly, why would we believe that anyway when in the first place he played down his actions until he was busted by leaked photos of the night? Credibility? Smashed.
And even if they weren’t physically in the room, is it anywhere near ok for children to be remotely within ear shot of the no doubt horrifying noise of their father, who’s meant to protect them, screaming wildly as he smashes their security and home to pieces?
Doors closed to their room? Still a hundred miles off being ok.
I still remember vividly my mum and step father fighting all the time, and remember that sick wave of anxiety that would creep up when the atmosphere would start to change in the house, and then mum would close the two doors from the lounge to our rooms.
Did that make me feel any better? No, in fact, it almost made me feel worse because I wanted to know my mum was ok. How did I know that another muffled smash of a door was her walking out or her getting hurt?
Life has hit rock bottom if a child is living in a home that feels unsafe at any time. It doesn’t even have to be as extreme as Grant Hackett.
I can’t even tolerate my friends arguing in front of their kids. You don’t own your children, despite so many people who feel they do. They are gifts from god and in your care temporarily. And they are more sensitive than many adults choose to acknowledge. Or should I say remember.
Whatever went on in Grant and Candice’s relationship to get to the point where Grant destroys their home, and most likely left them emotionally scarred, there is no winning back public opinion right now. It is what it is.
I am absolutely all for second chances, but like many others, I do not believe just because you have a TV network behind you, that you should come out and tell your version of what happened that night because the only people you should be making it up to is that of your family. And their extended family that is left heartbroken for the ones they love being put in such a terrifying position. A family dream, in tatters.
Can you imagine Candice’s parents when they received the phone call that night? How much pain you’d be in seeing and thinking about those little kids after the ordeal?
Grant Hackett needs to spend his time going to counselling, not the Olympics. I will be more interested in seeing him post therapy and healed, than commenting on swimming.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS IT EVER OK TO REALLY FIGHT IN FRONT OF THE KIDS? DO YOU REMEMBER YOURS DOING THE SAME? DID THAT AFFECT YOU?