Whether or not Magpie Jordan De Goey should face suspension for his mid-season trip to Bali during the club’s bye has sparked debate from the football world.
A video emerged over the weekend of the Magpies midfielder partying in a Bali bar and mimicking a sexual act to the camera during his getaway.
The footage has generated plenty of discussion given De Goey’s checkered history including only having his US assault and harassment charges resolved in January, while it comes in a crucial contract year for the 26-year old ahead of free agency.
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Collingwood in a statement said it’s “aware” of the video but that the club will comment further “as soon as it is in a position to do so,” while De Goey separately via social media spoke out against the coverage it’s received.
AFL journalist Damian Barrett revealed on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show the AFL is reviewing the incident and will work through the next course of action with Collingwood, but ultimately didn’t believe De Goey would face suspension.
“When it’s all said and done I don’t believe he’s going to be missing any games of footy out of this,” Barrett said.
However Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes, who first hit out at De Goey’s decision to head overseas prior to the videos of him partying emerged, believed it should result in a ban.
“I don’t think it’s acceptable to behave like that in 2022,” he said.
“Clubs suspend players and have done all the time for drinking mishaps — Fremantle just had one with Michael Frederick for drinking on a six-day break … you can easily suspend a player.
“I think they’ve set him up to fail and it was a ridiculous decision, once again Collingwood are on the front of the paper for two days in a row and they look foolish as a result of one of their players.”
Cornes also called De Goey’s response “embarrassing,” saying “he’s misread the room as much as he’s misread the room by going to Bali.”
Bombers great Matthew Lloyd thinks De Goey will “have a of regrets” in 10 years’ time because “he didn’t get the most out of his ability that he’s been blessed with.”
And Lloyd also noted that the game’s top stars wouldn’t become embroiled in such situations.
“I’m looking at the coaches’ votes — Lachie Neale on top. Would he go to Bali and be drinking now? No he wouldn’t. Andy Brayshaw second, Patrick Cripps third, Christian Petracca fourth, Clayton Oliver fifth, Touk Miller sixth,” he said.
“None of these guys would even think about. So whether it’s right or wrong, we can argue that. But in terms of why he is what he is, and where he’s still at in his career, it’s because of decisions like that.”
Former St Kila and Essendon star Brendon Goddard questioned if De Goey was putting faith in the right people to make key decisions.
“It sounds like De Goey has put a lot of trust in people who are somewhat inexperienced. When you look at his manager (Ryan Vague) being his brother in law — and respect to him he doesn’t have a lot of experience in the area,” Goodard said.
“I know if I was in that position (during his playing days), yes I wouldn’t go. But I knew that even if I wanted to, someone I could lean on was my manager Craig Kelly. He would look me in the eye and say, ‘mate, you’re not going.’
“And take that (decision) away from the club … that’s where I just think he should maybe put a bit more trust in the people that would know the landscape a little bit more and would say to him, ‘mate, you’re not going. It’s not a great look’.”