Baldwin, 29, was called rather obviously “stupid” by Ospreys coach Steve Tandy being bitten and needing stitches before the game. Tandy added,
“There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion. He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.”
So true, but that raises the interesting contractual question of when a player should be denied pay when he injures himself through not just an act of breathtaking stupidity but a violation of local laws.
It does appear that the team will penalize Baldwin — perhaps under the theory that a lion bite is lesson enough for even the most dim players.
The Cheetahs beat the Ospreys 44-25 in Friday’s clash at the Free State Stadium.
Next time, the Ospreys might want to release the player under a “Circle of Life” clause: