'Very bad place': The 'vile' fallout in Brooke Cotchin's AFL virus breach

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Brooke Cotchin and her husband Trent Cotchin pose for a photo.
Brooke Cotchin (pictured with her husband Trent) has revealed the vile abuse she copped online after breaching the AFL's quarantine bubble. (Image: Instagram)

Trent Cotchin’s wife, Brooke, has revealed the sickening abuse she has copped on social media after Richmond was fined for her day spa quarantine breach.

Brooke was involved in a high-profile bubble breach when the AFL fined the Richmond Tigers $20,000 after she was caught breaching the code’s strict rules for families in the league’s Queensland hub.

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A social media post from a visit to a day spa, contravening the agreement between players, clubs and the Queensland state government, resulted in the AFL dishing out the huge fine to the Tigers.

The saga also took a turn when the AFL decided to stand reporter Mitch Cleary down when he published her post on social media, which prompted an outpour of frustration in the community.

Brooke was largely silent on social media ever since her public apology and defence of journalist Mitch Cleary.

She offered an apology in her post, and said she and Trent had agreed to pay the fine on Richmond’s behalf.

But now, Brooke has opened up on the ‘vile’ abuse she received after the breach.

“It was a really hard time for not only me but our family,’’ Cotchin told The Herald Sun.

“I was in a very bad place for a little while and it took some time to dig myself out.

“Dealing with the lengths of the online bullying was and is something I am learning to try and block out. Some of the vile comments and personal messages were gut wrenching and it breaks my heart that people deal with this on a daily basis.”

Brooke has remained in the Queensland quarantine bubble with Trent and their three children.

Brooke apologises for spa mistake

Up until now, Brooke had only spoken once about the bubble breach that rocked the Richmond Tigers.

But in a social media post she offered a public apology.

“I wish to apologise for the mistake I have made and I am deeply sorry for any angst that I have created for anyone.

“It was an honest mistake and one that I am incredibly remorseful for.

“I am the first to admit I am not perfect, and I do make mistakes, this being one that I need to own and learn from.

“I thank you all for your comments and private messages, good and bad. I have read every single one of them.

“We have not publicised that we are paying the fine, as we did not think it was necessary.

“I am hoping that this post helps explain things and puts a few minds at peace knowing that this was my mistake, which I accept total responsibility for.”