Football writer and AFL TV presenter Mark ‘Robbo’ Robinson was involved in a serious car crash which left him in hospital.
News of Robinson’s mysterious accident began filtering through the Melbourne football community early last week, with the host of Fox Footy’s AFL 360 program providing some details on Monday evening.
Robinson appeared to struggle to speak and looked confused as he gave co-host Gerard Whateley an update on his condition following the crash.
Mark Robinson has a cult following in Melbourne where he is an AFL presenter and sportswriter
Mark Robinson (right) tells AFL 360 co-host Gerard Whateley about his recent ordeal
The 55-year-old struggled to remember when the crash happened, repeatedly insisting it happened on a Monday evening.
“It was Tuesday,” Whateley kindly reminded Robinson.
The veteran football journalist told Whateley he suffered a shoulder injury in the accident.
— I’m still in pain, Gerard, and a little stiff. If anyone had a car accident, yeah, it shook me a little bit, like it was spinning, my head was shaking, I just couldn’t move for about three days,” he said. declared.
Robinson remained off-screen for the rest of the week as he recovered from the mysterious accident, and he failed to enlighten viewers as to how it really happened.
In what became uncomfortable, Robinson came across an account of how he interviewed AFL boss Laura Kane when she returned to work this week.
“I had to interview Laura Carr… Laura Carr. I had to interview Laura Kane and my brother came from Bendigo and drove me. I walked in like this and turned on my tape recorder and asked him a lot of questions and went back to the car and drove home,” he said.
Robinson said his left shoulder remained stiff, but was starting to show signs of improvement.
Robbo’s driving has been compared to that of Mr Magoo (pictured)
Mark Robinson (right) still appears to be suffering from the effects of a car crash
In an attempt to laugh off the incident, Whateley released a video of 1950s cartoon character Mr Magoo driving erratically.
Mr. Magoo was a short, wealthy, elderly pensioner who found himself in a series of comical situations due to his extreme myopia.
“It’s funny, you can laugh now,” Robinson said. – At the time, Gerard, I can tell you that it is not funny.
Robinson’s absences from the popular AFL schedule are hotly debated by his fans.
Members of AFL football forum BigFooty.com’s ‘The Cult of Robbo Volume 3’ thread expressed relief at seeing his return to screens this week.
“We almost lost the big one last week due to a car accident. Think about it,” wrote one fan.
“Tell Fox to find a driver/Uber for him,” posted another.
Fox Footy host Kath Loughnan shows courage as she co-hosts AFL 360 alongside Mark Robinson
The Fox Footy host is one of the network’s most respected stars in what was once the male-dominated world of AFL football.
Robinson made headlines of a whole different kind in July when Fox Footy host Kath Loughnan squirmed during a temporary accommodation gig alongside her.
Loughnan looked uncomfortable as she was forced to listen to the writer ramble on about her weekly observations.
Viewers were treated to an hour of awkward banter, during which Loughnan occasionally rolled his eyes, pursed his lips and laughed uncomfortably as his co-host spoke.
This disturbing display was only interrupted by a group chat with Richmond backup coach Andrew McQualter and Adam Kingsley of the Giants.
Viewers reacted enthusiastically on BigFooty.com after the broadcast.
‘Kath, who hosts the Nerdling (Whateley), was clearly intimidated by Robbo’s pheromones. Reminds me of women near Sir Les Patterson,” one viewer posted, referencing the famously offensive yobbo character of the late Barry Humphries.
Referred to on the forum site as “TGO” – code for “The Great One” – Robbo’s “followers” have looked down on the couple’s on-screen relationship.
“His eyes revealed everything. Every time TGO took off or put on his glasses, I think his heart skipped a beat,” one joked.
“TGO needs to release a fragrance,” another suggested.
“Winnie Blue with just a hint of reheated kebab,” was the reply.