It may surprise you to learn that Kevin Pietersen is not actually evil. He may even want England to win some matches. People can at times forget that real life isn’t actually a drama scripted by halfwits. The characters involved aren’t ‘good’ or ‘evil’.
Kevin Pietersen polarises people, or at least his caricature does. It’s all about the ego. He may have an ego, but that can be all that’s presented at times; a one-note depiction of the man (see below).
Pietersen will have added to his reputation last week. The simplest and therefore most enduring representation of what’s gone on depicts a man giving an ultimatum to his employers via the newspapers – even though that’s not necessarily the true story.
Pietersen is no longer captain primarily because the players failed to support him. They failed to support him because they didn’t like the way he’d conducted proceedings through the press. Did he do this?
He says not and there are veiled references to a source described as ‘a player who is a friend of Pietersen, although not a key member of the England team’ or ‘an ex-colleague’ who was apparently leaking the information.
Pietersen wanted shot of Moores and set about trying to achieve this by speaking to his employers. He did this because he thought it was the right thing to do, not in some cartoonish quest for power.
Don’t get us wrong. Kevin Pietersen is a bit of a tool. Several of his team mates don’t much like him, but players don’t have to like their captain.
What are your thoughts? We’re not a mainstream media outlet, so the greyer and more middle-ground they are, the better.
Update: After we’d written this, we read this article. It explains our position better that we ever could – by being exactly wrong about absolutely everything. It might just be the worst piece of journalism we’ve ever encountered.
It’s hateful and bigoted, with the entire piece based on prejudice built on assumption built on prejudice built on assumption. What facts appear (and there are incredibly few) are misrepresented and embellished.
We’ll go further and say that it’s everything that’s wrong with humanity: more information is being expelled by the writer than has been taken in beforehand. The shortfall is made up with knee-jerk loathing and assumption of the worst in a person.