Collingwood’s penalty handed to Jordan De Goey for last weekend’s incident in Bali has copped more criticism from football pundits.
De Goey was handed a suspended $25,000 fine until the end of the season pending good behaviour, with the club and its CEO Mark Anderson “strongly condemning” his overseas antics and expressing disappointment in the way it “demonstrated disrespect towards women.”
Fox Footy’s AFL 360 co-host Marl Robinson already hit out at the “tough talking” Collingwood, claiming the sanctions didn’t align with its messaging.
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And speaking on SEN radio on Wednesday morning, Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes was also left underwhelmed by the Magpies’ punishment to De Goey, who cited an ADHD diagnosis last year for a reason behind his behavior in his own written apology.
As he has previously, Cornes also held Collingwood accountable for letting the out-of-contract star get on the plane to Bali in the first place given his chequered history, calling for the club to review its processes.
“’Disrespect to women can’t be tolerated and Jordan understands the significance of this. I would have thought probably four games and a $10,000 fine,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.
“And to hear nothing — he hasn’t been sanctioned. Let’s cut the absolute c**p — there is no fine, there is no penalty. So how seriously have they taken it?”
“I want to ask Collingwood: Have they reviewed their processes that allowed Jordan De Goey to get on the plane?
“You’ve got a player who has been diagnosed with a behavioral issue in December, and all the issues that have gone on with him in his past, and he has come to you at the halfway point of the season when you get four days off – you don’t get three weeks — and he said, ‘hey I’m thinking about going to Bali. Do you think this is a good idea?’
“I want them to go back and review their processes. There was no mention of that from Mark Anderson — the absolute failing of the Collingwood Football Club to allow a player with a behavioral issue and the past indiscretions that he’s got to go overseas.
“To the point where his plane is delayed and he misses training. Well that’s what happens when you’re overseas, that’s what you put yourself at risk at.
“Has Collingwood sanctioned themselves for letting him go? They’re not blameless in all of this… I think it’s comical the way that they’ve handled it.”
The Magpies have parked contract talks with De Goey in the fallout and withdrawn a $3.4 million four-year offer as he approaches free agency.
Cornes believes De Goey would still appeal to a rival club at a $550,000-$600,000 per season price tag, but not what he’s previously been touted as, with North Melbourne in 2018 tabling him a godfather offer worth $5 million over five years.
Although he wasn’t handed an official games ban, De Goey’s availability for Sunday’s clash against the GWS Giants remains up in the air a game where the Magpies are searching for their fourth-straight win.
The 26-year old missed a training again on Wednesday as he prepares to speak publicly for the first time in person in the coming days.
Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy also took exception to Collingwood giving De Goey a suspended fine, sarcastically calling it a penalty “for a draconian 60 days”.
“It was a classic apology straight from the crisis-management handbook with De Goey saying all the right things: falling on his sword, vowing to get better, again,” he said on 3AW’s Sportsday.
“And just in case there was any doubt about how serious the club thought this was, they handed him a savage $25,000 fine. Well, sort of, because it’s suspended. Not for the rest of his days at Collingwood, not for four years if he signs, or even two years, but for eight weeks if they miss the finals and a week or two more if they play in September. Yep – suspended for a draconian 60 days.
“Now, if you don’t think he deserved a penalty – and I accept that was a debatable argument for some – then don’t give him one.
“But if Collingwood thinks he has badly wronged the club, as we just heard Mark Anderson say and his apology attests, then a suspended fine, given his recent history, simply doesn’t wash. Doesn’t pass the glorious pub test. In fact, it doesn’t pass any test of punishment fitting the crime.”
Legendary coach Leigh Matthews also weighed in on the matter, labeling Collingwood’s handling of it “brand protection”.
“A lot of people were offended by this and took is as a disrespect of women. Once that’s start being felt around the community you get into brand protection — that’s Collingwood’s issue,” he said.
“One, we’ve got a player who can help us win games of footy on his good day, so we don’t want to destroy that at this point in time.
“But for our brand protection we’ve got to seem like we’ve jumped on this, and certainly by the words of the statement it’s been jumped on.
“Those statements written by a PR person, carefully worded – I suspect Jordan De Goey’s (Instagram post) might have been an individual one.
“Nevertheless Collingwood has sanctioned him in a sanction that will be harmful to their cause, but at least they have imposed a sanction.”
Matthews still thought there’s a good chance De Goey would remain in the black and white stripes beyond 2022.
“I guarantee if he pays well from now on and Collingwood goes OK from now on, in three months’ time this will just be a bad memory,” he said.