North Melbourne’s top player, David King, has protested SANFL’s decision to review the game, which decided to have West Adelaide’s Kaine Stevens fined and reprimanded for a rough collision with Port star Xavier Duursma Adelaide.
Stevens chose to collide with Duursma at a contest during Sunday’s game, with careless behavior rated collision with high contact and low impact.
The resulting Stevens punishment, or lack thereof, has angered King on AFL 360 as he continues to learn about head injuries and the long-term consequences it can have on players’ lives. .
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King asked St Kilda greats Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna about their swift response to the incident, with the former predicting a four- or five-week ban while the latter predicting three weeks.
“He was fined $125 and reprimanded. He was given a basic sanction of a week, but with an early plea he would be fined $125 and reprimanded,” said King.
“I don’t care what the framework is – because the starting point has to be three weeks. Ending a one-week penalty is ridiculous.
“SANFL is hardly a tier competition, SANFL is a great viable product, itself a stand-alone competition, that is not true.”
AFL 360 host Gerard Whateley agrees, adding, “There are a lot of attempts being made (smashing heads) starting with Mark Williams and to weaken the stance even in a single case. not in a single tournament. well enough.”
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