When Kieran Foran was granted leave by the Parramatta Eels a request was made that the media respect his privacy:
The Parramatta Eels have granted Kieran Foran an indefinite leave of absence to seek the best possible medical treatment regarding a personal matter.
The club will be making no further comment and request that the media respect Kieran’s privacy at this time.
Over the last 48 hours the media has released details of Foran’s personal situation, the name of his ex, the name of his two children, the hospital he attended, the reason he was admitted, where he was staying during the week, the text messages he has sent to media outlets, the letter he wrote to Eels team mates, and the fact that he has now left the country.
Does any of that sound like Forans request to respect his privacy was considered at all?
Who is leaking this information to the media? What is their motivation? Why does the media feel the need to not only seek out this information, but report it against the wishes of a player who is going through a lot right now?
I haven’t got a great deal more to say about this issue. I don’t think much more needs to be said.
Just remember this the next time you hear some journalist whinging about not being granted enough access to players…