The Neil Lennon video won’t have escaped the attention of many by now – we were alerted to this some time ago but now it’s appeared mainstream we want to raise awareness of it.
On a football level we cannot stand Lennon – he’s hardly a friend of Rangers and he’s been ‘one of them’ his entire life.
However, anyone watching that video cannot fail to have had a touch of discomfort on a human level at seeing the man in a complete state of disarray, just like our Gazza was many times in many videos over the years.
Lennon has been rumoured as having a drink problem for some time, and this video may well have pushed the extent of it to the forefront – true, if this was just a silly wee rare drinking session and he had one too many, it’s not so bad.
But it more likely points to a long-standing booze issue and we know only too well what a scourge on society and mental health an alcohol addiction is.
We’ve never been scared to raise issues of mental health on this site – yours truly has PTSD and no shame in that whatsoever – people with mental health problems need support, not maligned.
That the press and Celtic fans slaughtered Gazza for his various issues is something we rise above – two wrongs don’t make a right, and we hope that Lennon, like all who suffer with alcoholism and other disorders, gets the support he needs to recover.
We have no pleasure in ‘laughing’ at a man in distress.
It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.