Roughead taunt condemned

April 29, 2019 11:45 am in by

AFL clubs Hawthorn and Carlton have condemned a noxious social media post making light of Jarryd Roughead’s cancer fight.

A Carlton supporter made the post on a popular AFL fan group on Sunday during Hawthorn’s five-point win over the Blues.

Hawks chief executive Justin Reeves labelled the comments, which made light of Roughead’s battle with cancer, “completely unacceptable” and said they wouldn’t be tolerated.

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“No person should ever be subjected to taunts, especially about issues as personal as this. As a club we are fully behind all of our behaviours and will continue to make a stand against this toxic behaviour in our game,” Reeves said in a statement.

Carlton called the post “disgraceful”, condemning the trolling abuse and forwarding it to the AFL integrity unit.

The Blues say they have no record of the man, who has claimed his account was hacked.

“Someone has used my name or photoshopped my profile onto a post about Jarryd Roughead”, he wrote in a later post.

The post was the latest in a string of abusive messages shared on social media this season to have been called out by other fans.

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Roughead has suffered from melanomas in his career, taking time out in 2015 and 2016 for treatment of the skin cancer.

© AAP 2019


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