When it’s time to let your children go…

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I read the following story about cricketer Mitchell Johnson’s Mum having a cow over partners being flown around the world with the players and not the parents and honestly thought ‘You gotta be kidding me. ‘

The article from ninemsn goes something like this:

Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s mother has launched an extraordinary attack on her son’s “bitchy” fianc√©, accusing her of “stealing” him.
One the eve of the Ashes series in England, Vikki Harber also slammed Cricket Australia for flying players’ girlfriends to overseas games instead of parents. Ms Harber told the Herald Sun she used to have a close relationship with her son before his karate champ fiance√© Jessica Bratich started going out with him.

“Up until he met Jessica we were very close . . . but he hasn’t spent a night under my roof since he met Jessica,” the newspaper quoted Ms Harber as saying.

“I get a text on Mother’s Day and a text on my birthday,” she said.

“It has been like this since Jess came on the scene.”

Last year Johnson moved to Perth to be with Ms Bratich, who has become one of Australia’s most popular WAGs and recently featured on the cover of Ralph magazine. Ms Harbour said she was disappointed Cricket Australia paid for Ms Bratich to travel around the world with Johnson on tour while she was not given the same opportunity.

“For the wives and the children I think it is great that they support them and send them over there, but who are these girlfriends? They are just girlfriends,” Ms Harber said.

“She [Ms Bratich] gets all these trips, she gets flown there, accommodation, food and all of that.”

Johnson’s manager Sam Halvosen told the Herald Sun the cricketer was aware of his mother’s comments but did not want to discuss them.

So what do you make of all of this? I think this lady is slightly cuckoo if you ask me and she seriously needs to let go of her son. Her comment about that it was ok for wives to be flown over but not girlfriends, “who are these girlfriends? They are just girlfriends”, really annoyed me. Who is she to say that because someone is someone’s wife and not girlfriend then they are more important. What if one of the ‘girlfriends’ had been with their partner for 10 years, and they’ve decided not to get married.

This lady seriously needs to get a reality check. I don’t doubt that she would love to go and see her son play cricket for Australia overseas but there comes a time when your children grow up and choose someone they are going to spend the rest of their lives with.

And making negative comments to the public about your future daughter-in-law, well that’s just a great way to build a wonderful relationship with the possible future mother of your grandchildren now isn’t it. It’s not Jessica’s fault that Cricket Australia offered to fly them over. Why not find your own way to get there instead of being so jealous.

Anyway, do you agree with me or do you think I’m being too harsh?!

  • Ben Holmes
    July 8, 2009

    i dont think you are being harsh enough!!! Jealousy is such a terrible thing isn’t it!

    No wonder Mitchell doesn’t want to sleep at his mothers place anymore, and she that she only gets texts on Mothers Day and her Birthday. I have no source but i think we can all asusme that those comments would be an exageration anyway.

    People like that make me so angry. And to voice it in public grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  • Lou
    July 20, 2009

    She must be some idiot if she thinks venting to journalists is a way to ‘improve’ the relationship. Dennis Lillee must feel soooo grateful to be name-checked in her bitter rant.

    She actually referred to Mitchell Johnson as ‘her little lost boy’ in another interview.

    Really creepy.

  • Shaun
    November 24, 2009

    This is too funny! I can understand mothers comments. My mom would have said (at least thought) along same lines. No need to make a big deal out of this.

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