Richmond duo Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones should have been sacked for their involvement in a fight outside a Gold Coast strip club, football commentator Tony Jones says.
Kelli Underwood described the Tigers’ COVID breach as a “PR disaster” for the AFL, given the indiscretion happened just days after the confirmation Brisbane would host the prestigious grand final on October 24.
“I would have sacked them … if you work for a bank and you were sent up there, you would be dismissed,” Jones argued on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“What gets me is people have lost their jobs in the AFL and at Richmond.
“These two blokes are in a privileged position whereby they can go and kick a football and get paid well for it, and they still can’t abide by the rules that have been set out.
“There should be no second chances, they should be sacked.”
Describing the duo’s Gold Coast fight as a “cliché for knuckleheads”, Jones said the AFL had given out enough warnings.
“On this case alone, on the back of what the clubs have been told time and time again because of the Steele Sidebottom’s of the world, they should have known you do not put yourself in the position they put themselves in,” he argued.
“You’re talking about outside a strip club, a kebab, 3.30 in the morning, whatever it is, getting into a fight… as cliché’s go for knuckleheads, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Journalist Richard Hinds questioned whether other AFL players were also misbehaving behind closed doors.
“It makes you wonder if this is the tip of the iceberg, if a couple of people have been caught out, are others doing it?” he said.
“What’s the extent of the breaches?
“It beggars belief that people would do this in the situation the games are in, the society is in at the moment… I think they got the penalties they deserved and so did the club,” Richard Hinds said.
Stack and Coleman-Jones have apologised for their actions after taking an Uber to Surfers Paradise and attending a strip club before the fight broke out outside a kebab shop.
The duo were hit with a 10-match ban and were sent home from the Queensland hub.
Richmond meantime, were fined $100,000 given it is the club’s second breach, following Trent Cotchin’s wife’s spa visit earlier this year.