- Carey spoke about Jack Ginnivan trade to Hawthorn
- Was prompted to talk about his affair while at the Kangaroos
- He has now lashed out over backlash over his comments
Wayne Carey stunned AFL fans by referencing his infamous affair with teammate Anthony Stevens’ wife Kelli when discussing Jack Ginnivan’s trade to Hawthorn, but the former Kangaroos star defended his comments.
The Wayne Carey scandal, which rocked the Australian rules football world, involved the infamous affair he had with Steven’s wife while he was playing for North Melbourne.
This led to Carey sitting out the 2002 season amid widespread controversy and damaging his relationship with the team.
The fallout from the scandal eventually led him to join the Adelaide Crows.
The AFL Hall of Famer took to social media platform x to discuss the recent trade of Jack Ginnivan from Collingwood to Hawthorn on the final day of the AFL trade period, with the conversation starting off quite harmless.
Wayne Carey is in a hot spot for speaking out about his infamous affair with teammate Anthony Stevens’ wife Kelli while he was playing for the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
The Kangaroos’ Carey and Stevens celebrate victory after the AFL Grand Final match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans in 1996.
Stevens and his wife Kelli in happier days before news of the affair became national news and forced Carey to leave the Kangaroos.
Carey argued Ginnivan should have worked harder to stake his claim at the ‘Pies rather than leaving because Fremantle star Lachie Schulz is coming to Collingwood next season.
“If your club gets a player who plays in your position? This should always be used as motivation to have the best pre-season you’ve ever had,” Carey wrote.
‘Difference between being good and great?? Absolutely nothing beats hard work.
Things took a darker turn when a fan challenged Carey over her decision to move from North Melbourne to the Crows following the affair.
They said, “How come you exchanged clubs?”
Carey replied, “Really?”
Another said: “Didn’t you work hard enough?
A third person added: “He slept with his teammate’s wife!”
To which Carey replied: “3 times.”
The original exchange where Carey appeared to brag about sleeping with his ex-teammate’s wife three times
Carey doubles down on his comments, arguing that if others can bring up his past, then he can too.
The comments sparked a massive backlash from AFL fans, but Carey hit back saying his past was regularly reported on and his comment was taken out of context.
“The media can constantly bring up my past with almost no truth and I say 3 times being facetious and it causes controversy?” he posted today.
Followers challenged Carey on her original post, saying it was always going to blow up.
“Let’s be honest, where did you think that comment was going to go? » » was asked.
“You ruined a football club, Duck,” replied another, using Carey’s nickname when he played.
Carey responded to that comment, telling the follower to “move on.”
“Maybe it’s not an absolute kick?” » suggested another.
However, as 23 years have passed since this affair, some supporters said Carey has every right to take it lightly now.
“Turn off comments on your tweets, you have the right to express your opinions without being constantly provoked,” suggests one of them.
‘Dude, it’s been 23 years. The problem is that no one has a mirror in their bar these days. The best I’ve ever seen. What’s done is done,” posted another.