Channel 9 star Tony Jones has called for Richmond’s strip club brawlers Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones to be sacked.
Stack Coleman-Jones were banned for 10 matches after the pair broke biosecurity rules by travelling in an Uber to notorious Gold Coast nightspot Cavill Ave.
The duo were allegedly evicted from the Hollywood Showgirls gentleman’s club before engaging in a fight outside a kebab shop, just metres from a police station.
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Stack published a statement to his Instagram on Saturday afternoon and made a public apology to his club and fans when he spoke to Channel 10 after arriving into Adelaide.
Coleman-Jones published a similar apology to his own Instagram.
However, there is lingering fury towards the pair with Jones on Sunday joining the public pile-on calling for the Tigers to take further action against the players.
The club is reportedly headed for a war with the AFL Players’ Association over Richmond CEO Brendon Gale’s suggestion the two players would be paying the $75,000 fine handed to the club by the AFL for the club’s second COVID protocol breach.
However, the AFLPA has gone public with its position that the code of conduct does not allow the club to fine the players $37,500 each after the AFL had already handed down punishments for the incident.
Jones said on The Sunday Footy Show both Stack and Coleman-Jones should have their contracts torn up.
“I would have sacked them. Absolutely,” he said.
“What gets me is people have lost their jobs in the AFL and at Richmond. These two blokes along with their teammates are in a privileged position whereby they can go and kick a football and get paid well for it and they still can’t abide by the rules set out. There should be no second chances, they should be sacked.”
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes said the incident is a reflection of the Tigers’ crumbling dressing room culture.
“I like the broader discussion about what is going on at Richmond. This is a club that has had success, that has been so strong culturally. Now I just think the success has almost gone to their head,” Cornes said.
“I think there is definitely a sense of entitlement, a sense of arrogance about that club.”
It was revealed the $75,000 fine — and the additional $25,000 penalty left over from the suspended penalty handed to Richmond because of Brooke Cotchin’s day spa COVID protocol breach — will be included in the club’s football department cap for the 2021 season.
There is widespread speculation the fine will now mean the Tigers will have to terminate the employment of an official or a member of the coaching staff as a result.
Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd said Stack and Coleman-Jones should be the ones that have to deliver the savage news to any club official that loses their job as a result.