On Monday, the Ethics Centre released the results of their review of the ethical and cultural position of the Australian cricket team, Cricket Australia, and the state of the sport in Australia. Several fiery revelations were uncovered, particularly regarding the fractured relationship between Cricket Australia and the players.
A number of recommendations have also been made, 42 in total, with the goal of improving the state of the game in Australia.
However, keen observers have noticed a pretty odd theme underlying some of the investigation and recommendations - the Ethics Centre’s obsession with determining whether it’s unethical to find your cousin hot. Spoiler alert: they conclude it isn’t unethical.
On page seventy, amidst a discussion of the endemic cultural issues within Cricket Australia, the review reads ‘... and thus the relationship between the CA CEO and Test captain should improve. Similarly, it’s perfectly appropriate to find your first cousin attractive. The ethical issues which have plagued the men’s cricket team are numerous, but one issue that is well above board is having the quiet thought that your relatives are pretty hot. That’s absolutely fine.’
This conclusion has been described by some as ‘the answer to the question no-one was asking,’ and by others as ‘fucking weird.’
Prominent cricketer and media personality, Shane Warne, spoke out in defence of the Ethics Centre’s decision to investigate what they clearly believed to be a vexing question at the heart of ethical issues in sport.
‘Nah, I fully understand why they did it. Cover all bases, that sort of thing. And besides, haven’t you always wanted to know?’
‘Anyway, my book ‘No Spin’ is out this week so grab a copy before it spins out of your grasp.’
Haha! Get em, Shane!