'No one gives a f***': Mitch Robinson slams 'idiot' AFL fans

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Brisbane Lions star Mitch Robinson is pictured leading his team onto the field.
Brisbane Lions star Mitch Robinson has taken gambling trolls to task on his social media accounts. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Brisbane Lions star and AFL fan favourite Mitch Robinson has slammed ‘idiot’ fans harassing players on social media over betting losses.

Robinson took to Twitter himself to have a crack at fans whingeing over lost multi-bets in the wake of GWS Giants captain Callan Ward sharing death threats that were posted on his Instagram page.

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“It has just got to stop. If you’re getting death threats like I’ve been getting, there’s some players couldn’t handle that,” Ward said on 3AW last weekend.

His Brisbane Lions rival was firmly in his corner, taking aim at ‘idiot’ gamblers lashing out at players and garnering support from the likes of former Aussie NBA star Andrew Bogut and NRL sensation Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Robinson said it was sad to imagine the people leaving these kinds of public threats were the same kids who attended footy clinics and such.

“Not one AFL player gives a flying f*** how we cost you a $100 multi, it’s $5 bet you idiot,” he wrote on Twitter.

“If you’re struggling with that amount please don’t punt in the first place.

“Death threats & ‘hope you do your ACL next game’ I dare say we won’t pay you out either.”

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Robinson found plenty of support from stars of other sports after his post, with Bogut the most vocal when it came to gambling being the cause of frustration.

The former Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks star said if people couldn’t gamble responsibly, it would be something the government would eventually crack down on - furthering the ‘nanny state’ Bogut has railed against online in the past.

“Place a bet. Lose. Be an adult about it. OR It will be another thing our Pollies will debate banning,” he wrote.

Melbourne Storm star Papenhuyzen backed up Robinson with a tweet of his own, while West Coast Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui replied to Robinson’s tweet, saying the abuse happened ‘every damn week’.

“It feels though the kids that harmlessly ask us about SuperCoach or fantasy have grown up real quick...,” Robinson wrote in reply.

The AFL Players Association has taken a strong stance against trolls targeting players, with AFLPA chief Paul Marsh describing it as ‘incomprehensible’.

Mitch Robinson is pictured kicking the ball during an AFL game against Port Adelaide.
Mitch Robinson's tweet condemning AFL fans who leave death threats on players' social media accounts garnered widespread support. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

“Contentious decisions occur in every game and while we love the passion of fans, some need to remember that it’s a game,” he said.

“It’s incomprehensible that anyone could revert to this type of behaviour in response to a split second moment on the field.”