Jordan De Goey has slammed the media for his “persecution of athletes”, as Collingwood investigates footage of him partying in Bali.
- Jordan De Goey says media ‘persecution’ of athletes ‘will end in tragedy’
- De Goey was criticized by many for some of his actions at a party in Bali this week
- A woman also in De Goey’s images says there’s ‘nothing to see here’
Social media footage of De Goey has emerged showing the controversial magpie in a club, dancing and making rude gestures on the Indonesian party island.
De Goey traveled to the island during Collingwood’s mid-season break.
“Collingwood Football Club is aware of video footage involving player Jordan De Goey which has been taken in Bali in recent days,” the Magpies said in a statement on Saturday.
“The club will comment further as soon as they are able to do so.”
De Goey posted a short statement on Instagram thanking his family and friends for their support.
“I want to speak openly about the relentless chasing and persecution of athletes by the media to create an uneducated bias [sic] and an ill-informed narrative that went too far,” De Goey said.
“I’m one of the lucky ones with incredible support, but not all athletes are so lucky.
“This will end in tragedy if no one speaks out. It’s time for a change. #enoughisenough”
A woman with De Goey in the social media images has defended the Magpie utility.
“Can’t believe the backlash to Jordy and myself here in Bali… Nothing to see here,” the woman posted on Instagram.
Collingwood last October resigned De Goey after the 26-year-old was arrested for a drunken incident at a New York nightclub.
De Goey and a friend were arrested at a Manhattan rooftop bar following an alleged fight with other patrons.
In January, De Goey pleaded guilty to a harassment charge during a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court and was ordered to undergo 10 counseling sessions focusing on anger management and alcoholism treatment. .
He was removed from his role by Collingwood during the legal process and returned to training in January.
De Goey fell out of contract with the Magpies at the end of the season and was allowed by the club to travel to Bali during their 12-day mid-season break.
But the move sparked outrage among AFL pundits, including Collingwood’s 1990 premiership captain Tony Shaw.
“He’s probably not a smart person…it’s twice now,” Shaw told Melbourne radio station 3AW.
“If I’m the football club, I’d say, ‘Do you understand what you’ve done? “.
“Even if you don’t know because you’re probably stupid and don’t understand that it was seen in light of what it was in Melbourne.”
St Kilda retiree great Nick Riewoldt has called De Goey selfish.
“You always get a pretty good indication of someone’s professionalism and the importance they place on their career when you look at the choices they make,” Riewoldt told Fox Footy.
“Every player has the right to go abroad during the break.
“Unfortunately, it seems to be a fairly regular theme for him that he prefers pampering to discipline from a footballing perspective.”
Former Essendon player Adam Ramanauskas gave another take on ABC Sport, saying there was “no problem” with De Goey’s trip to Bali.
“Let’s be honest, it’s a perfect storm for the media,” Ramanauskas said.
“The players are on a break, they can do whatever they want. I think you can potentially leave your phone in your hotel room and just be in charge.”