Two years ago
The $5k iiNet Today Tonight story
I am writing this as my final post on this forum, and also an answer to the many criticisms I have received as a result of airing the story on Today Tonight.
I will start out by saying that I didn't want the 36ers to bear the brunt of this and you will find nothing I said personally was against them.
I have been reading alot of people saying things like It was Christmas Break and I shouldnt have expected to be contacted during that time. Well, Perhaps... but what about the 9 days leading to Christmas? What of the fact that I repeatedly called 36ers head office and I could not get any information? What about the fact that IINET says they only found out about the situation TWO DAYS AGO????????
As for contacting the NBL and IINET... I actually searched for a way to contact NBL by phone and didn't find it... I have since been informed they have a line to be contacted on by fans, I asked the 36ers office if there was anyone I could contact in regards to this.. and for a long time they said no there wasnt. As for IINET... I am sure that calling IINET wouldnt have helped... they would have only put me on hold or tell me they would have someone call me, and from my experience leading up to then, I didnt feel that pursuit would be fruitful.
9 days past, and no one had bothered to speak to me about it, all i was told was 'there is some debate' about it. YES no one explicitly said 'you will not be getting the money'... however, no one was anything close to forthcoming with me. It is unusual to have wait such an innordinate time (AND THIS IS EVEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK) for someone to get back to you in regards to something like this!
I did indeed, have someone from the 36ers involved in pursuing the prize money for me. I was recorded thanking him, that didnt make it to air unfortunately.
In regards to the shot, It is really pretty clear cut... I was given the second shot... I made it. End of story, Anyone who dare pretend they wouldn't pursue the money out of some miss-directed loyalty to the NBL is simply playing the Keyboard warrior. Anyone who hears the audio for the shot, or who was there... know I was told I had won 5 thousand dollars... Put yourself in my shoes.
People are also saying I am some sort of 'Dobber'... that word has actually been used, which makes me laugh. That attitude is born of a mentality as juvenile as the word itself. I felt I had been wronged... and I found the means most in my grasp to rectify it. End of story... wouldnt make sense to spend the same amount on lawyers now would it?
So, that deals with your idiotic christmas break rants, or with the fact that I for some reason should have contacted the NBL directly and not the other way around. Some people will never be convinced about the shot. But EVERYONE here would have taken that second shot, and if anyone on here had the capacity to make it... you would ALL expect the prize money.
I could have just dropped the issue, assumed they would eventually get back to me, but how would I know they would? once the add aired was when I was finally dealt with... whether that was due to the add or whether that is coincidence will never be known. I could have just walked away assuming I would not hear from them, But SORRY... I am not that kind of person and I am not about to lie down when I feel I am owed something.
I am regretful of any negative effect this may have on the Adelaide 36ers, or the NBL at large... But fact remains... It has happened... and within a few weeks... no one will even remember. I would say a lagging Basketball team that lurches from one loss to another is worse for the game in Adelaide then my 1 time appearance on Today Tonight in pursuit of what I am owed.
So to all the Mystros of the world... that is my explanation... It will be my last one. I really dont care anymore about what idiots on a site say... Go and enjoy your basketball and spend your energy on something more productive then worrying about MY situation.