Monday July 13, 2020

Jackson outcry shows a shift from due process to social media spleen

Social media anger at the news that former Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson is to join London Irish seems to indicate a shift towards believing alleged victims unconditionally and without scrutiny

12th May, 2019
Paddy Jackson (right) in action for Perpignan last year: the out-half is now moving to London IrishGetty

Paddy Jackson will join London Irish ahead of their promotion back to the Gallagher Premiership next season. Just over a year ago, the former fly-half Irish had his Irish Rugby Football Union contract revoked in controversial circumstances which resulted in his exile to French side Perpignan.

The 27-year old’s move to Declan Kidney’s London Irish side has been met with a predictable hostile backlash on social media.

London Irish “has let...

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