James O’Connor displayed the utmost arrogance in dumping the Western Force. How can a 20-year-old kid dictate terms to a rugby team? He can’t, so the Force did the right thing and ended negotiations.
O’Connor reckons he’s bigger than the game. That’s evident by his actions, and by his web presence and comments made to the media: that he wants to develop his brand.
Most telling is his Twitter account, which has 21,000 followers and he only follows 104. In a social media context, that’s unbelievably selfish.
It would be nice to think other Australian clubs could teach the telanted upstart a lesson by not giving him contract, or give him one worth less than he had in WA. That’s unlikely, given teams’ win-at-all-costs attitude.
However, it’d be nice to think there were other teams out there with the same fortitude as the Western Force.