It’s rare for AFL stars to publicly disparage their rivals, but Brisbane Lions midfielder Mitch Robinson appears to have had enough of Tom Lynch’s antics.
The Richmond forward has been heavily scrutinised for two striking charges stemming from Monday’s night’s match against the Gold Coast Suns, in which he copped two separate $1000 fines for hitting Sam Collins and Jarrod Witts.
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Former St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt said Lynch’s hit on Collins was a ‘cheap shot’, and the two fines come a week after he was fined $500 for shoving Brisbane’s Alex Witherden’s head into the turf.
Robinson, who has a significant following on game streaming platform Twitch, had a testy reaction when one of his viewers suggested Lynch was the ‘GOAT’ in the comments section.
“Is he? Do you know him do you, f***head?” Robinson shot back.
More comments poured in after that comment, prompting the Lions star to suggest Lynch was arrogant in the wake of his switch from Gold Coast to Richmond.
“He went to a good team to get success, that’s what he did,” Robinson said.
“He went to a premiership team and thinks he’s that good.
“He just does my head in. He’s a w***er.”
Robinson himself wasn’t above scrutiny for his comments though, with Channel 7 AFL reporter Mark Stevens suggesting Lions coach Chris Fagan might have a word with his veteran leader over the remarks.
“Have long admired Mitch Robinson’s honesty,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Think this time, though, the wise man Chris Fagan might just be calling Robbo into his office for a polite chat.”
Have long admired Mitch Robinson’s honesty.— Mark Stevens (@Stevo7AFL) August 19, 2020
Think this time, though, the wise man Chris Fagan might just be calling Robbo into his office for a polite chat.@7AFL
Pretty weird comments from Mitch Robinson. If I was Hardwick before playing the lions in a final, you’d just play it on repeat. Why give your opposition free ammunition, five rounds from the finals?— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) August 19, 2020
Tom Lynch subjected to barrage of AFL criticism
Speaking on Fox Footy's AFL 360 on Tuesday night, host Mark Robinson said Lynch needs to cut out the nonsense from his game if he cares about his standing in the sport.
“If Tom Lynch was a mate of mine I would sit here right now and say ‘Mate, you’re being a douche, what are you doing? ... If you don’t care what people think, no problem. But as a great mate of yours I’m telling you that everyone’s thinking you’re a douchebag for what you’re doing at the moment’,” Robinson said.
The AFL 360 host also called out Lynch for another incident where he feigned to hit Collins in the face.
“To go up and (feign) to hit Collins, that made him look like a fool. Why are you acting like this? Play hard, tough football, earn respect. At the moment he’s losing respect," Robinson added.
“If he can live with that, that’s up to him. He’s a good person Tom but he’s just acting really badly on the field.”
Gerard Whateley agreed with his co-cost that Lynch's actions were ultimately hurting him the most, while slamming Richmond's coach Damien Hardwick and veteran Jack Riewoldt for encouraging his ultra-aggressive approach.
“He has played great football without this being a part of his game. The idea that Jack Riewoldt and Damien Hardwick are promoting that this is how he plays, that’s nonsense, this has never been a part of his makeup,” he said.
“(Richmond have had) 14 fines since Round 2 and six in the past three weeks ... it’s impossible not to read that as anything other than premeditated.”