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The controversy surrounding prominent AFL Player Manager Ricky Nixon is to say the least unfortunate. Only he knows what really happened in this situation. But you really need to ask the question why? What was he thinking even considering any type of relationship with this young girl, who has a history, a long history of controversy with an AFL club and some players?

Mr Nixon is a manager to AFL football players. Many who are very young and still impressionable? By all accounts he is someone you want on your team, as he is aggressive in business and very experienced. However, he is a ‘manager’ to these young men and what comes with the title is responsibility. As a manager you need to be a role model, provide guidance, leadership and think very carefully about the consequences of your actions. Add to that, he is in the public eye and is a well known public figure. You can be good at your job, but drop the ball with your integrity and you can get yourself into some big trouble.

Actions speak louder than words, volumes louder. The damage this man has done to his reputation, to his family, his career may well be irreversible. All for what? That is the part that only he knows and it may well have been with good intentions but perception has it otherwise. Government leaders, sporting bodies to name a few have all condemned this man.

An action has a consequence, good or bad. Those who choose to take on the role of a manger of people need to understand that and the fact that the role is not a suit you can put on by day – it is always – nights and weekends too.

Actions have consequences…first rule of life.  And the second rule is this – you are the only one responsible for your own actions.” Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992


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