Fans and AFL heavyweights have slammed Magpies star Jordan De Goey’s apology after last week’s incident in Bali, claiming ‘he’s been taught that there are no consequences for his actions’.
De Goey was once again a notable absentee at Magpies training on Wednesday morning after flying back into the country on Sunday.
Since deleted video first emerged last Friday showing the party boy making crude sexual gestures at popular Bali club Motel Mexicola and attempting to pull friend Remy Jackson’s top off as she batted him away.
Prominent AFL figures such as Brendan Fevola and commentator Gerard Healy have lined up to criticise De Goey’s action, while one Twitter user pointed out the Bali incident was just one in a long list of off-field indiscretions that had resulted in just four missed games.
‘In four years, Jordan De Goey got in a bar brawl and lied about it to the club, drove his car drunk, then without a licence, was charged with rape, forcible touching and assault, been convicted of harassment, and has missed a total of four games cumulatively for all the incidents.’
Jordan De Goey partying with friend Remy Jackson in Bali nightclub Motel Mexicola
One Twitter user savaged De Goey and Collingwood for his latest in a long list of indiscretions
Collingwood had given the 26-year-old permission to fly to Bali during the club’s bye round – a head-scratching decision to many in the footy world given he wound up in jail the last time he went on an overseas trip.
Club officials told waiting media on Wednesday morning that De Goey would not be in attendance for the club’s main training session ahead of their match against GWS on Sunday.
HIs absence casts doubt on De Goey’s availability for the crucial clash at the MCG, with the Magpies sitting just out of the top eight on percentage.
It’s also another blow to his hopes of securing a blockbuster new contract, after the Pies took their two-year $1.6million offer (which included a trigger for a further two years) off the table.
Jordan De Goey celebrates kicking a goal against Hawthorn in round 12
Former Carlton star and bad boy Brendan Fevola had a few choice words of advice for De Goey, recalling that he ‘was not respected’ after his playing career because of his ‘off-field antics’.
‘I was in a similar situation back when I was playing footy, I didn’t really have the people around me,’ he told Melbourne’s 101.9 radio station.
‘I thought that I was better than anything else and it cost me my career.
‘You are blessed to be playing footy and earning money that people would dream about earning. Go play footy for eight years, don’t go anywhere and if you go somewhere don’t tell anyone.
‘You go to Bali, everyone knows you go there, it doesn’t matter if you stuff up or not. It’s going to come back and it’s going to look bad.’
Former Carlton great Brendan Fevola also had off-field issues during his glittering career
Jordan De Goey attempts to remove friend Remy Jackson’s top in the since-deleted video
De Goey was fined $25,000 by the Magpies on Tuesday, which is fully suspended until the end of the season, before he revealed a shock health diagnosis was part of ‘why I make the mistakes that I do’.
‘Late last year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and I am trying to become more aware of why I make mistakes that I do. I have again made a mistake – this is an ongoing journey for me – and I remain absolutely committed to changing,’ De Goey said in an official Collingwood statement released on Monday afternoon.
‘I will be seeking further support to take the appropriate and necessary steps to learn and improve as a person.’
Jordan De Goey celebrates with fans after Collingwood’s win over Melbourne in round 13
Footy fans, journalists and former AFL greats were quick to slam the reference to his health diagnosis as an excuse that just ‘didn’t wash’ and were critical of Collingwood suspended $25,000 fine.
‘If Collingwood thinks he has badly wronged the club, as we just heard (CEO) Mark Anderson say and his apology attests, then a suspended fine, given his recent history, simply doesn’t wash,’ commentator and former player Gerard Healy said on 3AW.
‘Doesn’t pass the glorious pub test. In fact, it doesn’t pass any test of punishment fitting the crime.’
Remy Jackson was pictured partying with Jordan De Goey in Bali
De Goey at a popular Bali Club in a since-deleted Instagram video
One Twitter user took particular exception to De Goey using his mental diagnosis as some sort of excuse for the incident.
‘ADHD may help explain some of his behaviour, but it may not as well, and it certainly doesn’t excuse it. Yet bringing it up now, after the 379th time he’s been in trouble, makes it look like an excuse,’ the Twitter user wrote.
Another posted: ‘Don’t use a disability for an excuse for what you did’, while another was a little more forthright in his criticism.
‘As one of the hundreds of thousands of people with ADHD that hasn’t ever assaulted a woman at a bar, Jordan De Goey can f*** the f*** off. You, Andrew Laming and all other degenerates that use a ‘newly-discovered cognitive functioning impairment’ to explain away sexual assault.’
Jordan De Goey (centre) playing in the Queens Birthday game before heading to Bali
It didn’t take long for De Goey to find himself in hot water, after being a highly-rated pick five in the 2014 draft. He lied about getting into a bar fight during his third preseason at the club, before being charged over a string of driving offences across 2018 and 2021.
Jordan De Goey (right) spent the night in jail during 2021 after a wild night partying in New York
He was charged in 2020 with indecent assault after a 2015 incident, though the charges were later dropped, before the most serious of his indiscretions in October 2021.
De Goey was arrested in a New York nightclub after a wild night of drunken partying, and charged with forcible touching of a woman and an assault of one of the female’s male friends.
Prosecutors eventually dropped the forcible touching charge and downgraded the assault charge to second-degree harassment – to which he pleaded guilty.
De Goey pictured on social media partying in New York during October 2021
The court ordered him to undergo anger and alcohol counselling back in Australia, while Collingwood and AFL-imposed sanctions included a $10,000 charity donation and part-time work with the Salvation army.
When announcing the club’s punishment for the Bali incident, CEO Mark Anderson confirmed there would be no suspension, but instead a suspended fine.
‘Our club’s very strong position is that disrespect towards women, in any form, is never acceptable and we strongly condemn it,’ he said.
‘Jordan will undertake further behavioural education for his conduct. Jordan has also been given a sanction of $25,000 which is suspended until the end of the Club’s 2022 season to be of good behaviour until then.’
Jordan De Goey’s rap sheet
Given a three-match suspension and fined $5,000 by Collingwood after lying to the club about a broken hand. De Goey originally told the club he broke his hand playing with his dog, when in reality he broke it during a bar fight in St Kilda.
Charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police. De Goey blew .095, twice the legal limit, in Port Melbourne and was suspended and fined $10,000 by Collingwood.
Victoria Police charged De Goey with indecent assault in relation to an incident in Kew in 2015. The charges were later dropped in 2021.
De Goey was fined $2,075 after pleading guilty to seven road offences, which included speeding, using his mobile phone while driving, driving while suspended and not displaying P-plates.
De Goey spent a night in a US jail, after being arrested and charged with forcible touching after an incident in a New York nightclub. Those charges were later dropped, but De Goey was also charged with harassment and assault after allegedly punching a kicking a man in the same nightclub.
After the New York incident, De Goey pleaded guilty to the harassment charge and was ordered to undergo anger and alcohol counselling by the court. He was fined $10,000 by the AFL for conduct unbecoming and also did work with the Salvation Army.
De Goey fined $25,000 by Collingwood (suspended until the end of the season) after a series of videos emerged on social media of him partying in Bali during a bye round. He was filmed making lewd gestures and attempting to expose his friend Remy Jackson’s breast.
Prominent AFL journalist Mark Robinson blasted the penalty, saying Collingwood and the AFL ‘let down all women’.
‘How can Collingwood be so appalled with De Goey’s behaviour in Bali and then hit him across the face with a stick of fairy floss?’ he said in the Herald Sun.
‘Collingwood admitted it was wrong, more importantly De Goey eventually admitted what he did was wrong — and it took plenty to convince him — but the penalty is effectively a bond for a player already on notice for events in New York in the last off-season.
‘It’s staggering to accept the league ticked off this lowly penalty, the same league which champions women in the game and which abhors any disrespect towards women. The AFL has let down all women in this case,’ said Robinson.
Jordan De Goey has been given just a $25,000 suspended fine by Collingwood
Kane Cornes also blasted De Goey and the club over the incident.
‘Disrespect to women can’t be tolerated and Jordan understands the significance of this … I would have thought probably four games and a $10,000 fine (was warranted),’ he told SEN SA Breakfast.
‘And (he gets) nothing. He hasn’t been sanctioned. Let’s cut the c**p. There is no fine, there is no penalty. So how seriously have they taken it?’
Magpies statement on De Goey
The Collingwood Football Club strongly condemns the disrespectful conduct of player Jordan De Goey shown in footage taken in Bali where he chose to spend the mid-season bye period.
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson said the Club is extremely disappointed in Jordan’s behaviour which demonstrated disrespect towards women.
‘Our club’s very strong position is that disrespect towards women, in any form, is never acceptable and we strongly condemn it,’ Mr Anderson said.
‘Jordan’s actions shown in the vision shared on social media are actions we do not accept as a football club, and we are extremely disappointed to see him put himself in this position.
‘We have spoken to Jordan at length, and he understands the seriousness of the situation.’
Jordan is currently undergoing a counselling program which he began earlier this year together with the club psychologist to further continue his awareness of himself and improve his behaviours and decision-making off the football field.
In addition to that counselling program, Jordan will undertake further behavioural education for his conduct.
Jordan has also been given a sanction of $25,000 which is suspended until the end of the Club’s 2022 season to be of good behaviour until then.
‘While we do not condone his conduct, we will continue to provide the professional and personal support that Jordan requires to ensure that he consistently lives and demonstrates the values that we expect at Collingwood,’ Mr Anderson said.
‘Finally, I would like to reiterate that our Club has very strong values, which include respect, tolerance, and a condemnation of irresponsible behaviour. We expect everyone at our club to uphold these values without compromise.’
Jordan De Goey has accepted responsibility and has apologised for his actions and the impact they have on the community.
‘I unreservedly apologise to the Collingwood Football Club, its Members, supporters and the wider community for my conduct in Bali and I accept full responsibility for my actions,’ De Goey said.
‘The actions shown in the video footage are disrespectful and I accept that I have betrayed the trust the Club showed in me by allowing me to take my mid-season break overseas.
‘I fully accept that as an AFL player, I have a unique leadership role in the community and with that role comes responsibility.
‘My actions have fallen short of the standards expected of me as a person, as an AFL footballer and as a representative of the Collingwood Football Club.
‘I had worked hard this year to establish trust and confidence in me to make better decisions and through no one’s fault but my own, I have undone that trust.
‘Late last year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and I am trying to become more aware of why I make mistakes that I do. I have again made a mistake – this is an ongoing journey for me – and I remain absolutely committed to changing.
‘I will be seeking further support to take the appropriate and necessary steps to learn and improve as a person.
‘Again, I apologise for my disrespectful conduct. I understand that I have let many people down and that I have much work to do to again rebuild trust.
‘I am committed to making myself the best person I can be and I believe that the best chance I have to do that is in an environment where I have the support of my teammates and the Club.’