Richmond Hall of Famer Wayne Campbell says he will happily pay a fine for Tigers big man Tom Lynch and encouraged the controversial star to keep putting his “morals to one side”.
Speaking on SEN on Tuesday, Campbell said Lynch had his full support despite being on the end of his fourth AFL fine since heading into the Queensland hub — this time for kneeing St Kilda’s Dougal Howard behind play.
“As a Richmond supporter, if Tom Lynch plays like he did last Friday this Friday and he does what he did on the field and does (the kneeing) as well, I will pay his fine. I could not care less,” he said.
“That’s what the game’s about, it’s about passion. sometimes your morals might get put to one side. Just keep doing it, son.
“He got fined … He ain’t missing a game so us Richmond supporters will hand the hat around.”
Lynch has now coughed up more than $3000 in fines since July, after striking Suns teammates Sam Collins and Jarrod Witts, and pushing Lion Alex Witherden’s head into the Gabba turf.
He also escaped punishment for his throat push on Essendon’s Michael Hurley that saw Lynch referred directly to the tribunal.
Campbell, who played 297 games for the Tigers over his 15-year career, said criticism of Lynch was likely because footy fans were jealous of Richmond’s progression from battlers to powerhouse club.
“How much of this (debate) is ‘they’re into their fourth prelim and we’ve sort of had enough’ slash tall poppy and how much of this is real?” he questioned.
But SEN host Bob Murphy said Lynch had gone too far with his “petty” actions.
“For the first three years, we were charmed by the Tigers,” he said.
“I think they still are formidable on field, but in terms of the charm, I don’t think we are charmed by the Tigers anymore.
“What Tom Lynch did, there’s a snideness to it, it’s more cold-blooded.
“Don’t lump (the knee) in with his physical intimidation. It was just petty.”