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Collingwood Magpies AFL president’s joke about Jordan De Goey could create ‘unsafe work environment’

The moment Magpies president Jeff Browne highlighted Jordan De Goey’s New York incident that landed him in jail “introduces the risk of continued unsafe work environments” for the club’s AFLW players, an expert on the club said. field of gender diversity.

De Goey’s antics at a New York bar last October led to the 26-year-old being charged with forcibly touching a 35-year-old woman and assaulting a 37-year-old man after he was arrested.

He was temporarily deposed by Collingwood until the former charges were dropped. In January, the Pies reinstated him after agreeing to a plea deal to downgrade the remaining charges to second-degree harassment.

Collingwood President Jeff Browne has been criticized for a joke about Jordan De Goey

Collingwood President Jeff Browne has been criticized for a joke about Jordan De Goey

At the Collingwood AFLW awards night on April 22, Browne explained the incident in a speech.

“I hear some of you girls are going abroad tomorrow. I have a message for you from Jordan De Goey: “Don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do,” he said, according to the Herald Sun

The comment went like a lead balloon into the room, which was mostly filled with women, with reactions in the room ranging from anger to awkwardness.

Michelle Redfern has worked with a number of AFL clubs regarding gender diversity

Michelle Redfern has worked with a number of AFL clubs regarding gender diversity

Gender diversity expert Michelle Redfern, who has worked with AFL clubs Carlton, West Coast and Essendon and is the founder of Advancing Women in Business and Sport, was unimpressed.

“If I was in the room, I’d say ‘mate, you’re trying to identify and gain favor with the wrong people here and I’d ask you to rethink and reconsider your thoughts,'” she told the Herald Sun

“He (Brown) is focusing on the wrong thing, lighting the scoreboard or that sort of thing, not violence against women from a player who clearly has issues with respect for women.”

Jordan De Goey tries to take off a girlfriend's top in Bali earlier this month

Jordan De Goey tries to take off a girlfriend’s top in Bali earlier this month

Redfern said Browne’s joke could have far-reaching implications for the club, especially the AFLW cohort, calling it “outside the lines”.

“Not only does it downplay a very serious incident, it also downplays future incidents and potentially gives the green light to continue bad behavior,” she said.

“Those messages, leadership starts at the top and it’s so important that he gets those messages right and if you don’t have anything positive or constructive to say then shut up.

“It also introduces the risk of continued unsafe work environments…it’s just not good enough,” Redfern says.

Jeff Browne has apologized after an unwise joke about Jordan De Goey

Jeff Browne has apologized after an unwise joke about Jordan De Goey

After reports of the prank surfaced, Browne admitted it wasn’t a great look.

“I made a comment during our best and fairest evening that, in hindsight and given the events of the past week, using Jordan as a reference point was not a good example,” he said.

“At the time, we had a group of athletes who went abroad the next day and the sole purpose of my comments was to warn those athletes not to misbehave.”

Magpies AFLW player Sarah Rowe says she's still comfortable with the club culture

Magpies AFLW player Sarah Rowe says she’s still comfortable with the club culture

Magpies AFLW player Sarah Rowe, who was not at the presentation night when she returned to Ireland for a break, said she was still comfortable with the club’s culture.

“I think Jeff said it was one of those things that might have been a mistake at the time and (was) a bad joke,” she told the Herald Sun report.

“We’re doing everything we can at this club to make sure we have a one-club approach and it’s a very comfortable environment for all of us.”

Jordan De Goey is in the thick of it after a drink-fueled party in Bali

Jordan De Goey is in the thick of it after a drink-fueled party in Bali

De Goey has been in the thick of it for another incident off the pitch that has been labeled a lack of respect for women.

The midfielder was given a suspended $25,000 fine after footage surfaced of him dancing with two women at a Bali nightclub with two women earlier this month.

The since-deleted video showed De Goey mimicking a sexual act with his tongue to the camera, and also tried to expose friend Remy Jackson’s chest as she lay on the bar.

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson condemned Jordan De Goey's actions

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson condemned Jordan De Goey’s actions

Collingwood condemned his actions in a strongly worded statement.

“No respect for women should not be tolerated and we are very, very strong in providing an environment within Collingwood that provides a safe and respectful environment for all women,” said Mark Anderson, CEO of Magpies.

De Goey also apologized to fans in a video.

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