The brother of the retiring AFL star Kieren Jack has written a passionate letter in which they defend their father in the midst of the family's bitter feud.
Sydney Swans 2012 premiership hero Jack, 32, has been involved in a public split between his father Garry and mother Donna about his relationship with his wife, Channel 10 journalist Charlotte Goodlet.
Rhys Jack has revealed that the footy star has invited none of his family, except their other brother Brandon, to the Swans pride competition at SCG on Saturday.
The brother of the retiring AFL star Kieren Jack has written a passionate letter in which they defend their father in the midst of the family's bitter feud (Kieren depicted with mother Donna and father Garry)
Zwanen 2012 premiership hero Jack, 32, has been involved in a public split between his father Garry and mother Donna about his relationship with Channel 10 journalist Charlotte Goodlet (Jack pictured with Mrs. Goodlet)
& # 39; It would be a celebration of inclusion. But none of Kieren's grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles did not go, nor did his mom or dad – only his brother Brandon was there, & Jack's younger brother enrolled. The Daily Telegraph.
The parents of the 32-year-old were also reportedly not invited to his wedding with Mrs. Goodlet last year, and on Sunday, Rhys Jack spoke about the painful gulf of the family in recent years.
& # 39; There has been a noticeable sense of exclusion for all of us in recent years & # 39 ;, wrote the younger Jack.
The former co-captain of the swans also did not mention his parents because he announced his retirement on Monday – but called his wife and brother Brandon.
On Sunday, Rhys revealed that he and his father only learned about retirement after seeing it on TV.
And in a targeted message the young brother or sister also told his famous brother as much as he tried to avoid, he couldn't hide from how his parents helped his career.
Rhys Jack (center) has now revealed that his footy star brother (right) has invited none of his family, except their other brother Brandon, to the Swans pride competition at SCG on Saturday
& # 39; No matter how much you try to rewrite what happened, you can never deny where you came from and the important role that your parents played in every step of your upbringing, & # 39; he wrote.
Rhys also spoke extensively in the long letter on Sunday about how his mother and father supported his older brother after he committed to an AFL career.
The younger brother or sister added that his father wrote to the then AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou to argue for his son to be included in the rookie design in 2005 after his papers had not arrived.
& # 39; It would be a celebration of inclusion. But none of Kieren's grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles went – neither did his mom or dad – only his brother Brandon was there, & # 39; said Jack & # 39; s younger brother (Kieren Jack depicted with Mrs. Goodlet)
Jack retired this week after a season of injuries, and told reporters that his career had taken its toll.
Jack's estranged father, Garry, made a subtle shot at his son earlier this season after he and his wife were cut off from attending Jack's 250th milestone match.
& # 39; I just want to congratulate our son Kieren on his 250th competition, & # 39; said Mr. Jack The Daily Telegraph earlier this year.
Jack (photo right) called it this week after a season plagued with injuries, and told reporters that his career had taken its toll
& # 39; A fantastic achievement that has been reflecting all his hard work, dedication, determination and sacrifice to the swans for over ten years.
& # 39; I would like to make a special mention for Kieren's mother, Donna, who selflessly sacrificed everything for all three of her boys, so that they had the chance to make their dreams come true. & # 39;
It followed the striking absence of his parents at his 200th competition in 2016.
The Sydney Swans premiership career Kieren Jack at a glance
DOB: 28 June 1987
Pick 58, 2006 Rookie Draft
Recruited at: NSW / ACT RAMS / Pennant Hills Demons
AFL debut: Round 6, 2007 against North Melbourne
Player No. 1340 to appear for South Melbourne / Sydney Swans
First goal: round 2, 2008 against Port Adelaide
Swans Rising Star Award (2008)
Bob Skilton Medal (2010)
International rules (2010, 2014)
AFL premiership (2012)
Sydney Swans co-captain (2013-2016)
All Australian (2013)
AFL games: 256
AFL goals: 165
& # 39; So sad … you 200 AFL and you don't want us there, your parents. No appreciation for all (years) helping you get there & # 39 ;, Donna wrote on Twitter in time before the tweet was deleted.
Swan coach John Longmire greeted Jack as a fierce competitor and pioneer for AFL in NSW.
& # 39; It would be reasonable to say that Kieren's journey has done just as much to develop the code in the last 14 years as any person, & # 39; said Longmire.
& # 39; He leaves the game in rare company with his achievements and highly respected inside and outside the code – few people who witnessed Kieren Jack & # 39; s early matches of Australian Rules Football would have predicted the wonderful career that would follow. & # 39;
The parents of the 32-year-old were allegedly not invited to his wedding with Mrs. Goodlet (Jack pictured with Mrs. Goodlet) last year, and on Sunday Rhys Jack spoke about the painful gulf of the family in recent years
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