AFL player LOS on wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott over his ‘shameful’ and ‘totally disrespectful’ comments about footy
- Ex North Melbourne AFL player Sam Durdin called out Dylan Alcott on Twitter
- The footy star thought Alcott’s lighthearted tweet was a “ shocking comment. ”
- Alcott posted ‘legitimately that he could get a kick’ after Kangaroos lost by 128 points
- Wheelchair athlete Alcott is a world-class tennis player and former basketball player
A former AFL player has unleashed on Dylan Alcott, calling the wheelchair tennis star for a ‘shocking’ social media post.
Sam Durdin, who played for the Kangaroos for four seasons until he was released by the club in 2020, did not mince words after Alcott tweeted, ‘I think I can get a kick out for North Melbourne right now.’
“For a sports professional who is so outspoken about treating people with disabilities, this is a shocking comment,” Durdin said.
It followed the Kangaroos’ Round Three 128-point thrashing by the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.
Former AFL player Sam Durdin has unleashed on Dylan Alcott, calling out wheelchair tennis star for ‘shocking comment’ on social media
Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott tweeted ‘rightfully I can get a kick for North Melbourne right now’ after the Kangaroos lost their AFL match by 128 points on Friday – (pictured above with girlfriend Chantelle Owen)
Alcott’s tongue in cheek tweet was considered lighthearted by many of his followers on Twitter
Another footy fan agreed with Durdin on Twitter, calling Alcott’s tongue-in-cheek comment “ disgraceful ” and “ totally disrespectful. ”
After three rounds, the struggling Kangaroos will remain scoreless in 2021, with their next chance to make it up to the Adelaide Crows on April 11.
Alcott, who won the men’s wheelchair quad singles title at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park earlier this year, has long been a passionate advocate for disabled athletes.
He was outspoken in his criticism after US tennis officials initially canceled the wheelchair player tournament last year.
‘I just announced that the US Open will take place WITHOUT wheelchair tennis. Players were not consulted, ‘Alcott tweeted last June in response to the controversial announcement.
‘I thought I had done enough to qualify – 2x champion, number 1 in the world. But unfortunately I missed the only thing that mattered, being able to walk. Disgusting discrimination.
And please don’t tell me I’m at ‘greater risk’ for being disabled. I am handicapped yes but that does not make me SICK. It is blatant discrimination for able-bodied people to decide on my behalf what to do with my LIFE AND CAREER just because I am disabled. Not good enough.’
Tournament organizers later announced that wheelchair tennis would be played at Flushing Meadows.
Alcott, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, lost the men’s singles final to Sam Schroder from the Netherlands in three sets last September.
Dylan Alcott – pictured right with girlfriend and sexologist Chantelle Otten – was a champion basketball player before turning his attention to tennis
Sam Durdin (pictured left) played for the Kangaroos 22 times in four seasons, until he was released by the club in 2020.
Before becoming a force on the field, Alcott was a champion basketball player.
He was a key member of the Australian squad that won gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and is also a key motivational speaker.
In April last year, Alcott’s girlfriend sexologist Chantelle Otten said that the sex with the champion Paralympian was the best she had ever experienced.
‘This is the healthiest and most enjoyable sex I’ve ever had because it’s so extensive, and it’s so erotic, and it goes so much beyond the mainstream view of what sexuality is supposed to be,’ she explained.
“I think we both brought things into each other’s sexual lives that were beyond imagination, and that have also improved us as sexual beings.”