Jordan DeGoey has walked back comments linking an ADHD diagnosis and his Bali behaviour after being lashed by AFL boss Gil McLachlan and fans for his original statement.
De Goey had a new contract at Collingwood pulled and copped a $25,000 suspended fine for his mid-season antics in Indonesia, which included video footage of him trying to expose the breast of a female reveller in a Bali nightclub.
‘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.
Jordan parties in Bali during the mid-season break in damning footage that was made public
That prompted a response from AFL chief executive Gil McLachlan who said he shouldn’t link real mental health issues to poor behaviour.
‘Anyone with medical conditions needs to be taken seriously. Mental health is a real issue, so I am absolutely supportive of people talking about their issues,’ McLachlan said.
‘I think the point I would make here is, it’s important context, but it’s not an excuse for what’s going on.’
Now De Goey has released another statement via the Magpies and clarified that his diagnosis was not an excuse for his actions.
‘This week has obviously weighed pretty heavily on me and I thought I’d just wait until I’ve got a clear mind to come out and apologise for my actions and my behaviours,’ he said.
‘I don’t condone that behaviour at all and I’ve got a lot of work moving forward.
‘Obviously you’ve probably seen with the ADHD stuff which came out, first of all I just want to say that’s not an excuse for my behaviour at all.
‘I just wanted to let people know I was dealing with some stuff on the side throughout the first half of this year and also now. It’s something I’m learning a lot about.
‘I’m not a perfect person, I don’t think I ever will be, but hopefully I can make some changes so these mistakes don’t happen again. Just on that, I would like to apologise once again.’
De Goey had his new Collingwood contract pulled and faces an uncertain future in the AFL
Domestic violence advocacy group Full Stop Australia chief executive Hayley Foster also previously criticised De Goey for his comments and said ADHD should never be blamed for disrespectful actions against women.
‘Attributing disrespectful and abusive behaviour to an ADHD diagnosis is an insult to people with ADHD,’ she said.
‘ADHD does not cause disrespectful attitudes towards women and girls.’
AFL boss Gil McLachlan was not impressed with De Goey’s original comments linking an ADHD diagnosis and his behaviour in Bali that was filmed and published on social media
McLachlan said the AFL would continue to oppose any actions by players that showed disrespect toward women.
”I guess I was frustrated by it [De Goey’s actions]. It was, I guess, a tonality that I didn’t like and the conversations ensued,’ he said.
‘I won’t get into the individual specifics other than to say our position at the AFL is really clear – there is no place other than behaviour across our community that has total respect for women. That’s our position.’
De Goey remains on personal leave and will not play against GWS.