Phil Mallett wrote:Bovey-Green lady wrote: Having been an Argyle supporter since my childhood in the 1950's ,and having considered overnight the issue of Luke McCormick's return to the club I have loved all these years, I feel compelled to comment.
Before any of the "we should not go within a mile of Luke McCormick" posters write me off as an aged, wet , do-gooder, I want to set that perception straight from the outset. I have spent my entire 30+ year legal career in the Criminal Justice system, most recently as a senior CPS lawyer. I have also served as a member of the Young Offenders' Referral Panel.
Luke McCormick has served his time for the offence he committed. Any offender who walks free from the gate of a prison at the end of his sentence, is encouraged to rehabilitate himself within society . Luke has clearly done well in that respect, both with his career on the field and with the work he has done in the wider community. Should he not be given credit for this? The majority of ex-offenders , assuming they have regained employment, do not have to carry out their work in an atmosphere of aggression where they will be jeered and verbally abused as they endeavour to earn their living. Should he not also be given credit for the way he has never risen to the taunting aggression he has faced? On the contrary he has behaved with commendable dignity.
Clearly, he committed an extremely serious crime, but he is not a "career criminal". He is now a mature man who, in his youth, made an appalling mistake, with horrendous consequences. Can any Pasoti member honestly say they made no errors of judgement in their youth? Fortunately for most of us, our mistakes did not result in such a ghastly outcome.
Luke McCormick obviously loves "our" club as we do. He clearly has a lot to offer the club, in ways other members have detailed. None of us can ever "forgive" what he did, only the family involved have that right. My years of experience tell me that he will be unable to forgive himself.
Can we not, now, welcome him back to the club which means so much to him? IMHO, we should be prepared to do just that. Welcome back, Luke, to our Argyle family.
Well said, dear Lady.
He should be tarred, feathered, thrown in the stocks and have rotten tomatoes chucked at him.
Oldage I’m talking about