Controversial football figure Sam Newman has launched an extraordinary criticism on Nic Naitanui, calling him unfit, slow and “generally ill-equipped”.
Newman, a former Geelong star, made the comments on Twitter this morning, seemingly unprompted, ahead of the do-or-die semi-final between the Eagles and the Cats at the MCG tonight.
He suggested Cats ruckman Rhys Stanley, who was sensationally dropped against Collingwood last week, had nothing to worry about when he goes out to confront the All-Australian Eagle.
“Memo Cats,” Newman wrote.
“Don’t be sucked in by Nic Naitanui. Nic is not what you think he is. Not fit, slow, doesn’t read the play well, technically suspect, ordinary mark and generally ill-equipped.
“Rhys Stanley should feel buoyant about this evening.”
The commentary drew a mixed reaction, with many people attempting to figure out if it was an attempt at humour.
Once they figured out he was serious, the punted former Footy Show host was quickly educated by his many followers.
Naitanui has only played four games this season due to injury, for three wins and one loss.
He returned from a long sideline stint in last week’s elimination final win over Essendon, picking up 14 touches and 24 hit-outs in a game where his influence far surpassed his statistics.