AFL world erupts over Toby Greene's hilarious childhood letter

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, GWS star Toby Greene raises his fist in triumph during an AFL match.
GWS star Toby Greene has a reputation as a bad boy of the AFL. Pic: Getty

Toby Greene is undoubtedly one of brightest stars in the AFL but the Greater Western Sydney man also has a reputation as one of the game's bad boys.

The 27-year-old is no stranger to controversy and has a history of fines and suspensions since playing his first game for the Giants in 2012.

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In his nine seasons with the club, Greene has amassed more than $26,000 in fines and been banned for a total of seven games, with plenty of let-offs interspersed throughout.

Greene's disciplinary record should perhaps come as little surprise, considering an eerie prediction he made as a kid.

On Tuesday night, the GWS star shared a letter he wrote as a kid on Instagram, that took aim at the bad behaviour of AFL players.

The younger Greene specifically referenced Brisbane greats Mal Michael and Chris Scott - two men notorious for their uncompromising approach on the footy field - in his angry letter that insisted players should be setting better examples for their young fans.

In a somewhat curious prophecy, Greene predicted that kids would end up copying the bad behaviour they saw from their heroes on the footy field.

“The afl players should not show a bad egsample (sic) to younger kids,” Greene's note reads.

Seen here, GWS star Toby Greene and the letter about bad behaviour that he wrote as a kid.
Toby Greene shared a letter from his childhood that slammed bad behaviour from AFL players. Pic: Getty/Instagram

“They would probably copy Mal Michael and Chris Scott who could be their role model.

“I feel angry because the players show bad behaviour to future players. Little kids would get in trouble for being rough if they copy them.”

Greene, fans laugh at irony of letter

Greene was quick to make fun of himself after posting the note by referencing his own history of bad behaviour.

The GWS star joked that Michael and Scott had "cost him thousands" of dollars over the years, suggesting that his younger self had followed the example the Lions greats had set.

“Found this beautiful piece of literature from the archives!” Greene wrote of his note. “Mal and Chris have cost me thousands.”

Greene's letter lit up social media, with AFL fans finding the irony around it absolutely hilarious.

Sports reporter Neroli Meadows commented: "Holy hell this is gold".

Former Giants star Dylan Buckley joked: “@malmichael @chrisscott look what ya gone done lads ruined a poor kid’s career.”

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