ANDREW SYMONDS: BOOFHEAD OR ALCOHOLIC?
Interesting word choice in a Sydney Morning Herald article:
His turbulent international career all but over, Andrew Symonds faces the most challenging of personal battles after suffering a relapse of alcoholism.Alcoholism as a term has been misused for so long that it has effectively lost meaning. It's use above seems intended to conjure a mental picture of a diseased Symonds -- note the reference to his "relapse" -- possibly fated to a long unpleasant slide into oblivion in circumstances beyond his control.
An alternative view:
Andrew Symonds was a player never humble enough to learn from his mistakes and was allowed by weak officials to get away with far too much for far too long.Those in favour of individuals accepting personal responsibility for their behaviour will likely agree with the latter.
In short, that is why his cricket career is in ruins.
He is a boofhead. They are weak as water. It really is that simple.