Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hypocrisy Rules in AFL Coach's Sledging Match

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hypocrisy Rules in AFL Coach's Sledging Match

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IN the five years that I've been writing for The Coffs Coast Advocate I don't think our readers would need to be Einstein to work out I'm a mad Collingwood fan.

Growing up in Melbourne, the weekly Saturday ritual was playing juniors in the morning followed by a quick change of clothes before a drive into town with Dad to watch whoever the Magpies were playing that day.

Now television pictures would have you believe that every Collingwood supporter has only three teeth and an IQ of 12 but as someone with a full set of choppers and an ability to string a couple of sentences together, I thought it would be an idea to give my impressions of the Mick Malthouse saga that has dominated the headlines for more than a week.

For anyone living under a rock, or shock horror, doesn't like AFL, the Collingwood coach was found guilty of calling St Kilda goalsneak Stephen Milne a "f---ing rapist".

Milne, along with team-mate Leigh Montagna, was questioned over a sexual assault allegation back in 2004 but no charges were laid when there was insufficient evidence found to sustain one and Malthouse was alluding to that incident in his verbal barb towards Milne.

Straight after the match when questioned about the clash at the press conference, Malthouse said that he was only talking to Collingwood players, not anyone from St Kilda and he "wanted to make that clear".

Okay, he got caught lying. Malthouse is certainly not the first coach who has done that.

Every week coaches lie about a whole manner of subject matters ranging from the fitness of a player in their club to the way the game is being played.

So if you look at it that way you can understand a coach trying to sweep something under the carpet.

At Collingwood though any lie is digging themselves a grave. Malthouse's actions last week have raised a standard of hypocrisy at the club.

In 2008 Heath Shaw - now a club leader - lied about team-mate Alan Didak being in his car when he crashed in an alcohol-fuelled incident.

At the time the Magpies sanctimoniously declared the incident had been made worse by Shaw's decision to lie.

This leads to the question that Malthouse perhaps has his own standards, apart from those the club professes? …

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