Footage recently emerged of young West Bromwich Albion and England U21 striker Saido Berahino inhaling a ‘hippy crack’ balloon, or in scientific terms, Nitrous oxide.
Saido Berahino, like any young person was enjoying time away from his profession.
The naivety shown by Berahino is the same naivety that has catapulted his career into life. A young player, who broke onto the scene with a rising reputation after most notably scoring the winner at Old Trafford in a 2-1 win earlier this season, has a long career ahead of him and, with the evidence so far suggesting, a fruitful one.
Saido, and Kyle Walker, another footballer who was spotted inhaling the drug in September of last year, both admitted ‘being unaware of the effects’ of the drug. Becoming more aware of the potential effects Berahino’s decision making may have caused, the Burundian born forward can use this incident to improve upon his wisdom.
George Best, famously known for his off field substance taking and charm, became an all-time great footballer. Current AC Milan striker Mario Ballotelli, who seems to thrive off the publicity he gains from his charismatic endeavours, still delivers across the white line. Whilst, lastly, Lance Armstrong known for doping offences, has driven a campaign raising significant awareness for cancer.
Understanding the repercussions of ‘hippy crack balloons’, as well as being educated on what substances are useful to an athlete’s body, may incur a productive idea for a brand new scheme. Alongside textbook alterations, talks and lectures can be given by professional footballers who have learnt from their experiences.
Within the school system an option of textbooks outlining this sort of drug may guide striving sports professionals to make informed choices with the use of drugs, should they pursue careers in the sporting industry.
An incident that has had much coverage can now be used as an educational tool to young budding sports individuals and Saido himself. With the situation behind him now, the youngster can aim to keep attentions upon him on the field, seeking to help the club remain in the top flight
What can young sports people learn from Saido Berahino’s incident?