The soccer club, in inking this former captain, this ingrate, didn’t mention his ordering his mistress’s murder, but did stress the “dignity of work.” They also did not give kudos to a cousin of his whom, reportedly, gave Bruno up. Apparently Boa Esporte’s credo of work-and-toil outweighs unbelievable evil, and apparently Boa’s emphasis on an honest day’s work IS the cure-all for criminality on a colossal scale.
Eliza Samudio didn’t want to abort Bruno’s baby to be, so, between being tortured and fed to his pet dogs, she was strangled, and beaten. Her undigested parts were later entombed in concrete. (Forensic remains are nowhere to be found but authorities are pretty sure she’s dead.)
It’s hard to believe this man was a quality goalkeeper, worthy of consideration for the Brazilian 2014 World Cup squad. He probably had money. But child support arguments drove him to arrange for her death. In fairness to Souza, he wasn’t the only one charged. His wife, an ex-cop, and five other immoral individuals were also booked. Does this make this better or worse?
So, should the world admire Boa Esporte for its act of forgiveness, or abhor it, for its act of depravity? Before we address that question, let’s ask how Bruno only served six years for his malicious crime. What’s with Brazil’s Federal Constitution legal framework? Well, it appears that country’s legal system, like most worldwide, seems to slide and slither, and resultantly screw with the sentient sensibilities of its local society, on technicalities and minutiae. He was originally sentenced to 22 years (a soft penance, considering his crime, if there ever was one) when his lawyer(s) cast light on one factor: the courts had not ruled on his appeal.
So he was released. But he’s not completely in the clear – at least in his own mind. In fact, he’s somewhat indignant, if these words have been translated accurately, when he complained: “people run from me because of what happened in the past.” Really, what’s not to like about a guy who turned up the music several notches, at a weekend retreat he and his wife visited, so his victim's cries of pain would not be heard?
So, perhaps the Brazilian legal system, so remiss in hearing his judicial plea and plight, should arrange free counseling and therapy for the 32-year old. And perhaps, too, the world, after learning of Boa Esporte’s unbelievable act of acceptance of this dickweed-DEVIL, should arrange free counseling and therapy for that club’s president, Rone Moraes da Costa who has smugly pontificated:
“In Brazil we do not condemn people to death or to prison forever. Therefore, when a prisoner is released, they can find means of forming part of society...”
And perhaps, finally, the universe should tele-transport team owner, Rafael Gois Silva Xavier, to another alternate dimension, far, far away from all living beings...as the owner believes “...He deserves another opportunity.”
Must our global society muddle on without any standards at all, moral or otherwise? Must moral relativism rule the planet here and for evermore? What possible lessons can be passed down to our children from this woeful tale?
No answer(s) for the above questions.
Boa Esporte has been plying its trade in Varginha, a town a smidgen north and west of Rio. It is known for coffee exportation and for – and this isn’t BS – UFO’s (two sighted to date) flittering about. So the town is already jacked on caffeine and whacked on weirdness so it’s no shock, then, that Bruno should fit right in...
Yet, as it so happens, the team - before Bruno, committed his heinous act - had plans to move back to an earlier hometown, Ituiutaba - a town know for cattle production, a burb a bit more north and west of Rio, a bit more into the boonies, where...perhaps...the palpable protests from other parts of Brazil (good grief, Chapecoense, whose team was decimated in a plane crash en route to Colombia, must be literally cringing at such an ugly public turn of events for the reputation of Brazilian soccer specifically, and that country’s mores, generally) over this club’s nonchalance and insouciance in hiring THIS DOG of a MAN - will be muted...
Is this a story of redemption? It doesn’t appear so, because Bruno seems more concerned about getting the old career on track than he does with getting his ethical essences in order. Is it a story of blind stupidity? Could be. Boa Esporte seems, with this employee acquisition, stupider than a sloth willingly entering a spelling bee contest for grade six brainiacs - but stupid or dim, or dull, or dense doesn’t quite fit the gamut and girth of what this happening entails.
No, it seems to be a story of willful negligence, of across-the-board-and-bored cynical malevolence on the part of the disgusting goalie and the repulsive professional outfit that hired him. It’s a sick story – with no good ending, with a no moral of the story, no it’s worse than that – it’s a story where we had better not pass judgment given de Souza's head space with the whole thing. He was heard to have said to the Guardian Media:
“DUDE, WHAT HAPPENED, HAPPENED.”