Western Bulldogs AFL ruckman Will Minson fought back tears as he fronted a media conference after his club imposed a one particular-match ban for making use of insulting language in direction of Port Adelaide’s Danyle Pearce.
The incident in the course of Sunday’s round-12 game at Etihad Stadium outraged Pearce and his teammates. Minson reportedly produced a reference to Pearce’s mother, though the ruckman refused to divulge specifics of his comments on Tuesday.
Minson admitted his reputation had suffered following his second sledging incident, immediately after apologising in 2008 for offending Energy veteran Kane Cornes with a comment about the Port player’s ill son.
“I am very sorry for what was stated on the area and I will continue to make attempts to contact Danyle during the day,” Minson said on Tuesday at Whitten Oval.
“The final 24 hrs have been an very stressful period for myself and no doubt unnecessarily stressful for Danyle Pearce and his household and the Port Adelaide Football Club.
“I have totally no intention of putting any individual by way of that sort of tension or consideration ever once more.
“What I mentioned on the field, I am very disappointed about that. My comments had been inappropriate.”
Minson choked up and was unable to answer at one particular stage when asked about his reputation.
“People are going to type their opinions both way. I have no control above what folks say or consider about me,” Minson mentioned.
“I displayed poor actions on the weekend.”
Minson mentioned he could support other gamers by explaining to them what he had gone through in the past 24 hrs.
“That (stigma) is surely what I am going to be dealing with for the rest of my life and it really is essential I understand from this encounter and I intend to do so,” he mentioned.
Minson will miss Saturday’s game against Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
The AFL announced on Monday it had launched an investigation.
The league’s football operations basic manager Adrian Anderson said on Tuesday the AFL endorsed the club’s choice to suspend Minson for one particular match, for him to problem a formal apology to Pearce and to be part of a compulsory education session about the game’s Respect and Duty Policy with AFL Cultural Method and Education Manager Sue Clark.
Bulldogs’ chief executive Simon Garlick stated: “While Will is genuinely remorseful for his actions, the club will not tolerate the use of inappropriate and offensive feedback, particularly in regards to girls.”
Minson there was no excuse for his behaviour.