Debate surrounds De Goey video as Pie set to return to club


Jordan De Goey.Credit:Getty Images

Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said on Saturday night: “I don’t think it was a good decision to go to Bali.

“I know that the club has been criticised for that, but you don’t hold your players hands like they’re preschool kids, you have got to treat them like adults when they are adults,” Buckley said on Fox Footy.

“At 26 years of age you are an adult, so Jordy has to take responsibility for the decision to go over, he has to take responsibility for the position he has put himself in and the club in.

“There has been a whole heap that has come from it and there is a whole heap that will come from it, unfortunately.”

De Goey released a statement on Saturday, criticising football media for putting players under extreme scrutiny.

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“I want to openly address the relentless pursuit and persecution of athletes by the media to create an uneducated, bias [sic] and ill-informed narrative that has gone too far,” De Goey posted online.

“I am one of the lucky ones with amazing support, however not all athletes are so lucky.

“This will end in tragedy if no one speaks up. It’s time for change. #enoughisenough.”

AFL diversity and inclusion consultant Rana Hussain said the Magpies could not afford to condone De Goey’s behaviour.

“If I were Collingwood, I’d be looking after the three women’s teams that they house, and the women within that organisation,” Hussain said on ABC’s Offsiders program.

“Maybe we do scrutinise players too much, but that message coming from Jordan De Goey to me, makes me really bristle.

“He’s had sexual assault allegations and harassment allegations, none of it proven, and he hasn’t been convicted.

“But unlike drug use, harassment and sexual assault and conversations around that and when we condone it in any kind of form, it actually does cause harm. That contributes to the stats that we see – one in two women have experienced sexual harassment and one in five sexual assault.

“I think it’s now on Collingwood to be really decisive.”

Screenshot of Jordan De Goey in a Bali nightclub during his mid-season break.

Screenshot of Jordan De Goey in a Bali nightclub during his mid-season break.

One of the women dancing with De Goey, Remy Jackson, took to social media on Saturday to defend the star Magpie.

“Hey everyone, I can’t believe the backlash towards Jordy & Myself [sic] over here in Bali… nothing to see here,” Jackson wrote on Instagram.

Former footballer Brendon Goddard said De Goey needs stronger mentors in his corner.

“I know if I was in that position, yes, I wouldn’t go [to Bali], but even if I wanted to, I knew someone I would lean on is my manager Craig Kelly,” Goddard said on the Sunday Footy Show.

“He would look me in my eye and say, ‘Mate, you are not going.’ That would take it out of [the club’s] hands. He has the best interests for me and so should Jordan’s manager …

“That’s where he should maybe put more trust in the people that would know the landscape a little bit more and say to him, ‘Mate, you’re not going.’ It’s not a great look.”

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