An AFL legend says there was a ‘double standard’ at play as two clubs banned AFLW star Daisy Pearce from their locker rooms:
- Brisbane and Richmond Daisy Pearce have been banned from pens
- Both AFL clubs feel it is a potential conflict of interest
- Pearce is the assistant match day coach for Geelong
- Significant AFLW “concerns” could transmit sensitive information
- NFL legend Matthew Richardson stunned with ban
AFL legend Matthew Richardson has slammed the “double standards” in playing from Richmond and Brisbane after both clubs banned Channel 7 commentator Daisy Pearce from the changing rooms.
The Tigers and Lions have both demanded Premier League winner Pierce – who is now assistant match-day coach for the Geelong Cats – to stay out of their rooms over a supposed conflict of interest.
Speaking on Radio 3AW, Richardson—a member of the Great Tigers Club—felt Pierce was being singled out.
He mentioned other former NFL players such as Jimmy Bartell and Luke Darcy who hold positions at the club in addition to their broadcasting work.
Aside from his Channel 7 commitments, Bartel is in business GWS Giants Board of Directors, while Darcy previously held football roles with the Western Bulldogs.
AFL legend Matthew Richardson has slammed the “double standards” of Richmond and Brisbane after both clubs banned Channel 7 commentator and Geelong match day assistant coach Daisy Pearce (pictured) from the changing rooms over a supposed conflict of interest
Richardson felt that Pearce had been singled out, before pointing out other former AFL players such as Jimmy Bartell and Luke D’Arcy who hold positions at the club in addition to their broadcasting work
AFL identity Eddie McGuire has been on the same page as Richardson, describing Brisbane and Richmond’s behavior as “ridiculous”
“I don’t understand why Daisy was chosen here,” said Richardson. I just don’t see why she should not be allowed into the rooms.
I mean, there have always been people doing double roles in this business, whether you think it’s true or not.
“There have been a lot of media artists over the years who have also played football club roles, and there are many more doing that as we speak.”
AFL identity Eddie McGuire was on the same page as Richardson, describing Brisbane and Richmond’s behavior as “ridiculous”.
“I hope Channel 7 comes out and goes, ‘You’re kidding, right? ‘Don’t just take the easy way out on this,’ the former Collingwood boss told Nine Footy categorized.
‘I think it’s ridiculous. Pierce will stand most of the time with her back to the room anyway… She’s also an honest woman.
“I understand the situation that she’s an assistant coach, but I used to call the coaches and get the internal mail before calling the game because they trusted me I wasn’t going to go and tell (ex-Magpies coaches) Nathan Buckley or Mick Malthouse.
“I said to the coaches, ‘You don’t have to tell me, I’m glad you didn’t come to your room,’ and they said, ‘We trust you, you’re an honest person.'” “