Melbourne defender Harry Petty has again found himself at the centre of non-football-related drama against Brisbane, this time involving forward Lincoln McCarthy.
THe two had an exchange in the first half of the semifinal at the MCG, with McCarthy clearly seen mocking Petty for crying when the two sides met earlier this season after an ugly incident with Lions captain Dayne Zorko.
Zorko and Brisbane were forced to apologise to Petty after the Lions skipper allegedly said to the defender “I hope your mum dies” during their round 23 match, which left the Demons defender in tears.
Petty’s reaction was what McCarthy was clearly mocking in the vision, which was blasted by FoxFooty commentators and fans on social media.
Former St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt questioned the bravery of the Lions on the field compared to that of their words after a lacklustre first half.
“I’m saying when the ball’s there to be won and you failed it,” Riewoldt told Fox Footy at half-time.
Fellow commentator Nathan Buckley was also seemingly unimpressed.
“That’s everything they were talking against leading into this match. Zorko said it himself,” he said.
“Chris Fagan was keen on them (using) their actions not words”.
It flies in the face of comments made by Zorko earlier in the week, who claimed the Lions would stick to playing football.
“If there is (any ramifications) it will be in the first two minutes and then … it will wear off pretty quickly,” Zorko told SEN radio on Tuesday.
“I can’t really worry about that. I’m not expecting our players to worry about that.
“We simply have to let our football do the talking – it hasn’t done that the last few times, we’ve done it with our mouth and refused to do it with our actions.
“That is something we’re really concentrating on this week, getting the little things right and focusing on our process to get a victory.”