Jordan De Goey saga: Outrage as Collingwood AFL star blames ADHD for Bali nightclub video scandal
Controversial AFL star Jordan De Goey has come under fire for using ADHD as an excuse for his wild antics during a mid-season break in Bali.
The 26-year-old Collingwood attacker has apologized and was fined $25,000 for his off-field antics.
De Goey spent much of his free time in Bali, where footage surfaced of him chopping the dance floor in a nightclub mimicking a sexual act with his tongue in front of the camera and trying to bare a woman’s breast while she lay on the bar.
A remorseful De Goey revealed on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with ADHD late last year and was trying to become more aware of his actions.
He has been criticized by Pies fans, critics, advocacy groups and ADHD patients for using the condition as an excuse for his decisions off the pitch, often causing him trouble.
De Goey also came under fire from domestic violence advocacy group Full Stop Australia.
“Ascribing disrespectful and abusive behavior to an ADHD diagnosis is an insult to people with ADHD,” CEO Hayley Foster told the Herald Sun.
“ADHD does not cause disrespect towards women and girls.”
Public commentators Joe Hildebrand and Samantha Maiden weighed in on the ongoing saga on breakfast television this morning.
Public commentators Joe Hildebrand (left) and Samantha Maiden (right) weighed in on the latest Jordan De Goey scandal at Sunrise on Wednesday.
While both believed that De Goey was not doing anything wrong in Bali, they questioned his decision to blame ADHD.
“Ultimately, if AFL players are going to make these huge salaries, they do have some responsibility to represent the club and I think there’s also a bit of anger about him using the ADHD diagnosis,” Maiden told Sunrise on Wednesday.
“It is very difficult to get an ADHD diagnosis. I would like to know if it was from a psychiatrist or psychologist, as an excuse for his behavior.”
De Goey’s apology did not go down well with Hildebrand, who described the excuse as ‘as old as the hills’.
“I’ve gotten all sorts of trouble saying I’m sick of people using medical conditions that are suddenly, miraculously diagnosed, often in hindsight as an excuse for behavior they’ve already committed,” he began.
Sometimes you just go out, do something stupid and ruin it.
“Sometimes you’re stupid, drunk, and you make stupid decisions and get caught. It doesn’t mean you’re mentally ill, it doesn’t mean you suddenly have this mysterious condition that you’ve lived with all your life and that you only miraculously discover when you’re in the harbor or the courthouse of public opinion.
“I find that pretty sickening and pretty insulting to people with ADHD.”
Jordan De Goey (pictured during partying in Bali last week) has blamed ADHD for the regrettable decisions he makes off the pitch
Hildebrand says most people will believe that De Goey was just drunk and acting like an idiot.
“It’s not this amazing journey of self-discovery that you have to go on to think ‘Why does my behavior affect my life decisions so much?’ he said.
“You were just an absolute idiot. That’s all, really.’
Sunrise co-host Natalie Barr added, “That’s what we used to call it, just being an asshole.”
De Goey is a polarizing player among Collingwood supporters.
While some claimed he had done nothing wrong, and the latest saga has been blown out of proportion by the media, many demanded that he take more responsibility for his actions.
“Overpaid rightful footballer blaming ADHD for lewd behavior, filming lewd behavior, sharing lewd behavior on social media,” a fan commented on the club’s Facebook page.
Another added: ‘Jordy, if you want to run amok, don’t post it and don’t let your friends post it on social media and don’t blame ADHD for your behavior. To own.’
Questions were also raised about the leniency of the penalty imposed by the club.
Jordan De Goey (pictured with a female Collingwood fan in 2020) says he was diagnosed with ADHD late last year
De Goey will not have to pay a cent of the $25,000 fine if he stays out of trouble for the rest of the season.
“If there is a pattern of disrespectful and abusive behavior over time, the risk is greater, and we would expect the club to respond with a stronger sanction,” Ms Foster said.
“This was an opportunity for the Collingwood Football Club to set the standard for respectful behavior towards women and girls.”
Former NRL gender advisor Catherine Lumby described De Goey’s sentence as a slap on the wrist.
“I think a suspended fine suggests they don’t really support the strong language they are expressing their criticism of the incident,” she told the Today show on Wednesday.
De Goey’s future at Collingwood after this season is in jeopardy after the club withdrew a two-year contract extension.
The remorseful 26-year-old was finally responsible for his behavior — before declaring last year being diagnosed with ADHD, it often results in regrettable life mistakes
He has apologized for his actions, but it is not certain that he will play in Sunday’s vital clash against GWS Giants to stay in touch with the top eight.
“The actions shown in the video footage are disrespectful and I acknowledge that I have violated the club’s trust in me by allowing me to go abroad in the middle of the season,” the statement said. DeGoey.
“I fully accept that as an AFL player I have a unique leadership role in the community and with that role comes responsibility.
“My actions were not up to the standards expected of me as a person, as an AFL football player and as a representative of the Collingwood Football Club.
“I have worked hard this year to gain confidence and confidence in me to make better decisions and through no one’s fault but my own, I have undone that trust.
‘I was diagnosed with ADHD at the end of last year and I’m trying to become more aware of why I make mistakes that I make. I made another mistake – this is an ongoing journey for me – and I remain absolutely committed to change.
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson has come under heavy fire for De Goey’s sentence