In the AFL, we seem to have entered an exciting phase of people trying to outdo each other for the most stupid act of the year.
Recently, we had Bachar Houli belt someone; a silly act made worse by his legal team thinking getting Waleed Aly and Malcolm Turnbull to provide character references would be a great idea.
This should have won Houli the title for the year, only for the AFL Tribunal to then accept these character references as important.
The stupidity spotlight would not linger there long, with Tom Bugg deciding that the round immediately following that would be a great time to clock Callum Mills.
Boxer Danny Green stepped in at this point and decided that as someone fronting a coward punch campaign, the best thing to do was say there was nothing in Bugg sucker punching Callum Mills, going on to say that Mills obviously ‘doesn’t have a strong chin.’
It was a nice try by Danny, but he hadn’t factored in the AFL’s Head of Diversity, Ali Fahour, who picked up the stupidity baton and ran with it, belting a player in a suburban match.
It had obviously escaped Fahour that in a fortnight where the AFL had dealt with two significant acts of violence on the field, having an AFL executive do the same could be somewhat ‘off-brand’.
Fahour’s act triggered a life ban that ended his career at AFL House.
By this stage, Houli’s original act had been almost forgotten, so in an attempt to win back the title, Houli wrote a Facebook post defending Fahour for belting someone.
I thought this all couldn’t be topped, but then news broke that police had charged former Richmond player Jake King with extortion with threats to kill, making threats to kill, two counts of threats to inflict serious injury and two counts of using a carriage service to harass.
It was revealed that police are investigating if King acted at the request of Box Hill Hawks footballer Ty Vickery in an attempt to recover money from a former business partner.
This bit has yet to be proved, but it just shows you that just when we think we’ve reached peak stupid, the clouds clear and a whole other mountain range is revealed.
Who knows what heights we can reach in the next few days!
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