Footy legend Garry Lyon brands video of Dustin Martin groping topless woman’s breast ‘the AFL’s WORST nightmare’ and a ‘disaster’ for the league
- Garry Lyon has weighed in on the latest scandal surrounding Dustin Martin
- Footage of the Richmond star groping a woman’s breast emerged this week
- The AFL is said to be ‘seeking further information’ around the incident
Garry Lyon has labelled the latest Dustin Martin fiasco ‘the AFL’s worst nightmare’ after video footage of the Richmond star groping a woman’s breast emerged this week.
On Wednesday, a video of Martin jiggling a topless woman’s breast while she was sat on another man’s lap came to light. The incident is believed to have occurred in 2015.
The AFL is said to be ‘seeking further information’ and league CEO Gillon McLachlan has described the vision as ‘a poor look’ for the competition.
Garry Lyon has blasted Dustin Martin after the Richmond star was embroiled in a scandal
In the footage, Martin can be seen carrying drinks to a table while a half-naked woman sits on the lap of another man, who has not been identified.
Martin then slides his hand under the woman’s arm from behind and grabs her breast before walking away.
The three-time premiership winner with Richmond was 23 or 24 at the time and club officials have conceded it ‘isn’t a good look’.
Footage, which has been leaked on the eve of the AFL finals, shows the Richmond star handing the woman a drink before reaching around to fondle her chest from behind
And Melbourne legend Lyon has echoed those sentiments, claiming that the timing of the scandal – just before the finals – is a ‘nightmare’ for the AFL.
‘That would be, for all sorts of the reasons, the AFL’s worst nightmare on the launch of this finals series,’ Lyon said on SEN.
‘From a behaviour point of view, to the focus that they want, to the circus this will be unfolding now in Brisbane with Dusty returning to footy having been out for a long, long time. Now, like it or not, this is going to be the focus.
‘Timing-wise, not that that matters, it’s a disaster for the AFL.’
The AFL said it is seeking further information but Lyon said it is the comp’s ‘worst nightmare’
Lyon compared the Martin footage with the Jordan de Goey scandal earlier this season, in which the Collingwood star attempted to expose a woman’s breast while away in Bali.
‘I don’t know what to say to this other than you are responsible for your own actions,’ Lyon added.
‘That was the thing from Jordan’s perspective, unsolicited touching, whether you knew them or not, is not acceptable. That is why it will be an issue and that is why it will be a story that continues to rage throughout the day.’
Essendon legend Tim Watson said: ‘There’s no place in the world where that behaviour is acceptable. It’s never ever right, no matter what the circumstance, to grab someone on the breast.’
Lyon compared the latest incident with the scandal involving Jordan de Goey in Bali
An AFL source indicated the gathering at the time was not organised by the club, the venue was not a strip club, and the club was unaware of the existence of the footage until it became public, The Age reported.
It is believed the AFL will talk to Martin about the matter after the elimination final on Thursday night against the Brisbane Lions.
McLachlan refused to be drawn on whether the Tigers star could be punished over the matter, saying: ‘You need the facts and the circumstances, I don’t have any information.’
‘At first pass, the video, it’s a poor look but I don’t have any further information … about Dustin’s relationship to the woman, her views, the circumstances.’
Champion midfielder Martin will make his long-awaited return to the AFL after missing the last few rounds of the season due to a hamstring injury.
Martin, 31, also took personal leave at the start of the season while grieving the death of his father Shane.
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