AFL 2019: Jarryd Roughead cancer comment on Facebook | Hawthorn
Hawthorn champion Jarryd Roughead has been targeted by a rival fan in a sickening social media attack following his team’s win over Carlton on Sunday.
The online abuse has been widely condemned by AFL commentators with public calls for the fan at the centre of the comment to be banned from attending future AFL games.
Hawthorn responded to the comment on Sunday night by releasing a statement.
“We’ve become aware of comments made on social media about Jarryd Roughead during today’s game,” Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said.
“This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will never be tolerated by the Hawthorn Football Club.
“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 players and will continue to make a stand against this toxic behaviour in our game.”
A screengrab of the fan’s comment has been circulating on social media.
The screengrab shows the fan commented on an AFL fan page on Facebook: “Cancer should have done a better job on Roughead… GO BLUES!!”.
Roughead’s return to Hawthorn after missing the entire 2016 season to battle a life-threatening melanoma has been one of the most uplifting stories the game has seen in recent years.
Footy commentators were outraged on Sunday night about the trolling the former Hawks skipper had received.
Meanwhile, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has praised the character shown by his players after they came out on top of a wild AFL encounter with Carlton in Launceston.
After trailing by as much as 36 points in the second quarter on Sunday, the Hawks stormed back into the contest in the third term then hung on for a thrilling 13.15 (93) to 13.10 (88) win.
In chaotic scenes at University of Tasmania Stadium, the sides went toe-to-toe in a frantic final term in front of 15,888 fans.
As the clock ticked down Zac Fisher hit the post when a goal would have levelled the scores, then the Blues appeared to have one last shot at victory when Harry McKay marked just inside 50, but he was beaten by the final siren.
Clarkson said he was pleased with his side’s second half fight back.
“They’re proud men who weren’t playing to the level that they’re usually capable of,” Clarkson said of the turn around.
“A lot of our senior players had significant second halves that allowed us to get back into the contest.
“It was really pleasing to be able to get ourselves in front at the end and win a game of footy that could so easily have slipped away after the way that we started.”
Jaeger O’Meara was sensational for Hawthorn with 43 possessions, while Liam Shiels booted three goals.
Patrick Cripps (28 possessions) and Sam Walsh (27) were superb for Carlton. On another sour note for the Blues, milestone man Kade Simpson, who passed Stephen Silvagni to move into fourth on the club’s games played list, didn’t feature in the second half of his 313th game after suffering hamstring tightness.
— with AAP
Originally published as Hawks respond to ‘disgusting’ sledge