“I speak not for myself, but for those without a voice” — Malala Yousafzai
It’s not easy to confront injustice. When we witness someone doing the wrong thing, it can be tempting to just look the other way and remain silent. But society owes its progress to those who are not afraid to speak out for what they believe in — people like Jakxsen Brock, who recently led a campaign of verbal abuse directed at an umpire during his son’s Saturday morning football match.
Politicians take note: this is real leadership.
Most parents would turn a blind eye to a few mistakes made by a volunteer umpire at an Under 9s game — but as you’re about to find out, Jakxsen Brock isn’t like ‘most parents’. When an umpire penalised Jakxsen’s son for incorrect disposal last weekend, Jakxsen wasted no time responding. He immediately rose from his deck chair, which was positioned just outside the modified boundary, and yelled, “Open your eyes, you fucking maggot!”
And that’s not all. Jakxsen went as far as to place his half-drunk Woodstock can in the chair’s cup holder so he could give the umpire the finger with — wait for it — both hands.
Some people would dismiss the umpire’s error as an innocent misinterpretation of the rules, but Jakxsen Brock recognised the injustice instinctively. Just minutes after the initial incident, the same umpire paid a free kick against Jakxsen’s son’s team for rough tackling. Jakxsen once again leapt into action, screaming, “You’re a disgraceful little cheat!” while jabbing his finger threateningly.
You know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Jakxsen continued to relentlessly criticise the umpire throughout the match, right up until his team’s coach came over and reminded him that the league has a zero-tolerance approach to umpire abuse, especially toward green-shirted umpires such as the one Jakxsen had just threatened to “meet in the carpark”. But by then he’d made his point loud and clear — not on my watch, buddy.
Jakxsen Brock is a brave, powerful man and an inspiring role model to his seven year-old son, Brodee. Here’s hoping that his actions will motivate others to confront wrongdoing wherever it rears its ugly head.