Eddie McGuire has blown up at radio host Neil Mitchell over his remedy of troubled AFL star Jordan De Goey.
The spat passed off on Mitchell’s radio present on Thursday morning, with McGuire triggered by Mitchell labelling De Goey, who has ADHD, a “Bali boofhead” a day earlier.
Mitchell mentioned on Wednesday “it might’t be a go-to for each AFL participant in bother to say ‘oh pricey, I’ve acquired this psychological well being situation’.
“How does ADHD flip you right into a misoginistic, anti-social Bali boofhead?”
McGuire hit again on Thursday, saying the blows had been low and focused.
“You bought into an individual who got here out and declared he had a psychological well being situation that he’s being handled for for a very long time,” McGuire mentioned.
“(I gave) essentially the most benign of critiques final night time however you’re joyful to return on right here when a child’s acquired psychological well being points.
“You recognize the media does this, the pile-ons, there have been individuals who have dedicated suicide on the again of individuals simply kicking the hell out of them too far in these conditions.”
McGuire, who was Collingwood president from 1998 till 2021, mentioned he got here on the present to “talk about the place the media takes us after which criticises individuals”.
“We had been making an attempt to work out, how does this man get himself into bother? I’m not defending him,” he mentioned.
De Goey was hit with a suspended $25,000 superb by his membership Collingwood this week after being filmed mimicking crude tongue gestures whereas partying in a Bali nightclub.
Days later he revealed a latest prognosis with consideration deficit dysfunction and lashed out about what he claimed was a “relentless pursuit of athletes by the media”.
Nonetheless, Mitchell advised McGuire that he merely “doesn’t perceive the media anymore”.
“One factor I’ve acquired in my life is my repute. I’m not a liar. I’ve acquired a proper to defend my integrity,” he mentioned.
“You accused me of mocking psychological well being and I’m not.”
Mitchell mentioned McGuire had his personal lengthy historical past of lambasting public figures by media commentary.
“Bear in mind this is identical Eddie who referred to as Adam Goodes ‘King Kong’ and wished to drown Caroline Wilson on the Huge Freeze,” he mentioned.
“To paraphrase Julia Gillard, I cannot be lectured on decency by this man.
“I’d usually ignore an enormous sledge I copped from Eddie McGuire on TV final night time however I can’t ignore it.”
McGuire hit again by saying Mitchell had himself pushed a listing of individuals he wouldn’t title to “very darkish locations”.
The Bali incident is 26-year-old De Goey’s newest in a years-long string of scandals.
In 2017, De Goey broke his hand throughout an incident in a St Kilda bar and initially lied to the membership, telling officers he injured it whereas enjoying along with his canine.
A 12 months later he was suspended by Collingwood after being caught drink-driving and fined $10,000.
In July 2020, De Goey and one other man had been charged by Victoria Police with indecent assault, stemming from an incident that was alleged to have taken place with a girl in 2015.
Nonetheless, the prosecutors withdrew the cost laid towards each males the next 12 months and agreed to pay De Goey’s authorized prices.
In October 2021, De Goey was arrested at a nightclub in New York Metropolis and charged with forcible touching of a 35-year-old lady and the assault of a 37-year-old man.
The cost of forcible touching was dropped and he was provided a plea discount to downgrade the remaining assault cost to second-degree harassment in January 2022.