Melbourne skipper Max Gawn has hit out at teammates Christian Petracca and Jayden Hunt after they were caught on camera touching each other inappropriately.
Just weeks after Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin and Jayden Short were forced to apologise for their actions towards teammate Mabior Chol, the Demons duo were spotted engaging in the behaviour during coach Simon Goodwin’s three-quarter time address.
Speaking on Sunday, Demons skipper Gawn condemned the duo’s actions.
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“As AFL players, we are role models and have a responsibility to showcase the right behaviours to the wider AFL community,” Gawn said.
“On this occasion, we have clearly fallen short, and we own that this is not acceptable.
“Christian and Jayden know that this was an inappropriate act, which is not in line with our expectations, or that of the league.”
According to Newscorp, Petracca and Hunt have both received counselling since the matter was raised on Saturday.
FoxFooty commentator Brad Johnson slammed the duo’s behaviour, describing the actions as “honestly ridiculous”.
“I can’t believe we’re sitting here talking about it after everything that happened in regards to the Richmond players and the media around that,” he said.
“Now we’re seeing it again with two other players. When are they going to learn, the players?
“Just play the game, that’s all you’ve got to worry about. Play the game, play it well and get on and celebrate. None of this other stuff, it’s honestly ridiculous.”
Hawks premiership star Jordan Lewis agreed and called for players to be smarter.
“If it’s not mentioned on commentary, certainly social media will pick it up, and then when it gains traction the club and the AFL have to address it. They don’t need to be attending to these types of matters in such an important part of the year,” he said.
“Just don’t leave yourself open to this sort of criticism.”
St Kilda’s Dan Butler – a former Richmond player – was also spoken to by his new club after he grabbed at teammate Jade Gresham’s groin and backside during the team song this year.
“It was unacceptable behaviour and something we addressed with our players straight away to say ‘that’s not our footy club and that’s not in our game,” Saints coach Brett Ratten said on 3AW at the time.
“We don’t want to see that behaviour again.”
“We really just tried to hit it on the head. If it becomes a trend, it is just not good for the game. I don’t think you will see it again at the Saints and hopefully we don’t see it in the competition.”
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