Posted: 19 June, 2012
by Dan The Internut
Minson's Comment About Pearce's Mum Looked At
The Western Bulldogs have suspended Will Minson for making an insulting comment about Danyle Pearce's mother during Sunday's game against Port Adelaide.
UPDATE: The Port Adelaide Football Club have released an official press statement. Here's an excerpt from the release.
The Port Adelaide Football Club and Danyle Pearce commend the Western Bulldogs for their response to comments made by Will Minson during Sunday’s game at Etihad Stadium.
Pearce said comments relating to his mother had been disrespectful and offensive and could not be tolerated.
“I accept the course of action the Western Bulldogs have taken,” Pearce said.
“The important thing for me is that Will understands that this is not a minor matter that can be brushed under the carpet. It is a very big thing and insulting a player’s family is just not acceptable,” Pearce said.
“He needs to know there is a line that you shouldn’t even contemplate crossing.
“Will has apologised, but I don’t need that to move on. His actions from here will mean far more than words.”
Port Adelaide's CEO, Keith Thomas, also acknowlegded in the statement that this was the not the first time that Minson had been involved in an incident with a Port Adelaide footballer.
“Whilst it’s the second time we have faced a similar situation, we take Will’s apology on face value and trust it won’t happen again.”
TUESDAY: The Western Bulldogs have suspended Will Minson for making an insulting comment about Danyle Pearce's mother during Sunday's game against Port Adelaide.
Minson allegedly told Pearce: "I f...ed your mother for half an hour last night", according to News Limited.
In addition to the suspension, Minson will formally apologise to Pearce and the Port Adelaide Football Club and undertake education in line with the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Policy, the club says.
"The Club has the highest of expectations when it comes to players' behaviour both on and off the field," Bulldogs Chief Executive, Simon Garlick said today.
"While Will is genuinely remorseful for his actions - the Club will not tolerate the use of inappropriate and offensive comments, especially in regards to women."
Minson said that he recognised his comments were inappropriate and offensive and accepted the sanction.
"I sincerely apologise for my comments and regret they have caused hurt and offense to Danyle, his family and the Port Adelaide Football Club," Minson said today.
"I realise there are no excuses for my behaviour and I accept the sanction given to me by the Club."
The AFL has endorsed the Bulldogs' decision, with Operations Manager Adrian Anderson saying: "All players, coaches and officials across our competition are aware that there is no place within our game for comments that are offensive and demeaning towards women."
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Audio Of Mark Stevens (3MMM - Melbourne) Discussing The Alleged Incident:
Download the MP3 here
Audio Of Andrew Jarman And Chris Ditmar (5MMM - Sydney):