Perhaps in the age of social media, or simply our vengeful society, being the absolute best at something will cause a massive amount of idiocy around you. Then again, when you’re the perpetrator of that idiocy, perhaps we have to admit that to be the absolute best at any sport, it takes such singular concentration that everything else in your life becomes a kind of slime that numbs your soul. mind. Tiger Woods, Aaron Rodgers, Novak Djokovic, it’s almost cartoonish.
The Djokovic saga in Australia it somehow got dumber, maybe even dangerous, and all of that could have been avoided if Djoker hadn’t been a world-class idiot about getting vaccinated, or indeed many things outside of tennis. He has no equal on the pitch or in his bewildering thoughts outside of it.
Maybe when you took the weekend off, you forgot about all this. And how we envy you. Maybe you stopped in Djokovic stuck in a quarantine hotel when the Australian courts decided whether his visa to play the Australian Open would be revoked or not, after the Grand Slam granted him the exemption to play without being vaccinated.
That quarantined hotel was a source of idiocy, or at least an excellent snapshot of how the rich view those who are not rich. Djokovic’s family couldn’t stop complaining about the conditions, which could have been a great time to show how the government treats poor immigrants and the lack of dignity afforded to them. Instead, it was only treated as an insult to Djokovic who had to live like anything below the five-star level for a couple of days. Do you know what never stops? The humiliations.
And the illustration of why Djokovic was fighting all of this, and why he had been put through this trial, became clear today when he revealed he tested positive for COVID three weeks ago. Australia has a warning for those who recently had the virus not to have the vaccine, which is the out that Djokovic used to get his release from Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly, who reinstated his visa.
Of course, it’s not that simple. Djokovic’s camp, basically his family, said he tested positive on December 16. Well, here he is to appear at an event for his foundation on the 17th, in public and without a mask:
Here it is 16:
All of which led to perhaps the biggest press conference in tennis history today, held by his father and brother:
Mel Brooks cries for not being able to create something so hilarious.
None of this comes as a surprise, as Djokovic has been a brainstorm when it comes to COVID-19 for virtually the entire pandemic. It is the genius who had a full tournament in Serbia in what were the first months of the pandemic, parading with other players unmasked in front of a crowded audience that was neither masked nor spaced out. Then he tested positive soon after. You would think it would be enough for him to be teased, but you don’t realize how much competition Djokovic is with Aaron Rodgers to see who can get up more. Maybe Djokovic thought so he might just want it away.
The hot sauce added to this is that outside his lawyer’s office in Australia, the police she sprinkled the chili on her fans who had gathered there. So it’s fun.
And that’s not all. Australia’s immigration minister may still step in and take Djokovic’s galactic ass into the ether, though we may not find out for a couple of days. And he could extend that ban from the country for three years, which would send his clearly reasonable family into orbit. You should be rooting for it.
Perhaps one could not ask for a clearer illustration of how selfish people can always buy themselves a way out of the mess of their own creation, while spitting on those who cannot afford the same paths, and how everyone holds us back, even when the their stupidity couldn’t be clearer. All Djokovic had to do was take two shots months ago. Instead we have all of this.
As St. Carlin said, “Enjoy the show”.