On Friday, a big uproar was created by the vision of Richmond’s star defenders Jayden Short and Nick Vlaustin inappropriately grabbing teammate Mabior Chol.
The Tigers team was shown footage from two separate wins in a huddle singing the club song, but it was the acts that stole the attention.
Both Short and Vlaustin are reported to have squeezed Chol ‘s genitals on several occasions during the two incidents.
Vlaustin even claimed to have placed his teammate’s anus on the outside of his shorts with one finger.
The accusations against the players were thrown to coach Damien Hardwick during his weekly press conference by veteran reporter Hugh Riminton.
“If this is horseplay, are all premiership players within Richmond expected to tolerate fingers going up their anuses, or is it just the black players?” Riminton asked.
Hardwick did not respond to any of the accusations, and a club spokesman joined the Zoom press conference, saying the coach and the club had “no knowledge” of the incident.
The duo apologised in a club statement issued on Friday evening for their behaviour. Yet video wasn’t sitting well with footy fans who were swift to condemn the pair ‘s actions.
After seeing the footage, Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd couldn’t help but feel for Chol and said the club will be ashamed of the vision.