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MELBOURNE ruled four players ineligible for AFL selection against Sydney on Friday night after breaking club rules by indulging in a drinking session last week.

The Herald Sun can reveal Jay Kennedy-Harris, Ben Kennedy, Dean Kent and Jake Spencer were all told they would not be picked against the Swans, despite the Demons’ mounting injury list.

 
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Great time to do that with our injury list the way it is.

Especially disappointed in JKH who was on fire in the VFL and no doubt would have played vs Sydney. Also a nice way to repay the club for giving you a contract next year.

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When it rains, it pours.

I still wonder if Olisik supports Melbourne.  Never seen him say something positive about the club, only ever rocks up to bring up something negative.  He must support Richmond.

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I'm mostly disappointed in Spencer. Have him on our list for 7 years, when we really need him he comes off second best in a bump and is injured. Comes back for a week and goes drinking straight away. Pretty sure this incident will go a long way in list management at the end of the year.

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7 minutes ago, Is Dom Is Good said:

Idiots.

Have done nothing all season and right when the side needs them they f' it up.

I liked Kent but in my opinion I'd be happy to see him leave now.

He is a lazy footballer. I watched him in the VFL last week. Lazy decision maker. He could be in better shape as well. I hope we cut him at years end. He does have talent but he doesn't work hard enough.

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Fake news, what's a drinking session, couple of pots, wasn't that long ago standing around a barrel on Sunday was mandatory!

 

 

 

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This beggars belief. The guys who can actually grab their opportunity when the club really needs them and they go bugger it up. Then Casey get smashed against Port today with (from my understanding) little impact from the players involved, who would surely be trying to make amends!?

Strong from the club, though. Indicates a real shift in culture and setting standards. Take the positive from the negative. 

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3 minutes ago, bluey said:

Fake news, what's a drinking session, couple of pots, wasn't that long ago standing around a barrel on Sunday was mandatory!

 

 

 

I'm sure they weren't banned for having a few pots 

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3 minutes ago, bluey said:

Fake news, what's a drinking session, couple of pots, wasn't that long ago standing around a barrel on Sunday was mandatory!

 

 

 

Definitely is truth behind it. No way would DJ get ahead of the pecking order of these guys.

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When it rains it pours... next story will be that Clayton didn't offer to open a door for a grandmother and after that, Maxy will have parked in a disabled spot. 

 

Dees need to shut the door for a couple weeks, we are public enemy #1

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6 minutes ago, bluey said:

Fake news, what's a drinking session, couple of pots, wasn't that long ago standing around a barrel on Sunday was mandatory!

 

 

 

True and before that players would smoke and earn 400 bucks a game. Its different now and some of these blokes make 1 million a year so if the club says dont drink then they have the right to ban them. We cant afford banned players with all our injuries. I know they want to let off steam but so do their other team mates. Its selfish.

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This gives me enormous faith in the direction of the club.

Didnt use it as an excuse before, during or directly after the loss.

Gave those players a real whack when it would have been easier not too.

This will be the making of us as a footy club. Successful clubs act this way.

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I'm extremely disappointed in all four of them.  They put themselves above the Club, the team and the supporters.  Selfish in the extreme, and its fantastic that our Club has made a strong stand.  I just hope they have enough sense to learn.

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Just gave JKH a one year extension as well...

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Certainly explains the selections (obviously)

If they were all able to be picked, maybe only 1 or 2 at best would have been you would think. Even if they might have made the difference between a win and a loss ( ummm, no) this says heaps about how the club is being run now.

No D'head policy writ large.

I heartily endorse this action. Well done MFC, boo to the 4 involved.

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I like the fact that it took until after the weekend to come out.  We dealt with this in house.  We were firm on keeping standards even though it impacted the team at selection.  This is how it should have been done.  These four should be ashamed of themselves, and not only cost themselves a spot, but took our 'outs' from 8 to 12 for the game.  Incredible.

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A drinking session, god forbid, they are mortals. Any rational on looker would observe that a wholesale approach to looking into habits is nessesary. 

Max Gawn got caught smoking on the way to training. Hogan is on camera dancing at a music festival pulling moves impossible for someone straight/sober.

Hodge is the greatest leader in the modern era and has countless drinking indiscretions. 

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2 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

A drinking session, god forbid, they are mortals. Any rational on looker would observe that a wholesale approach to looking into habits is nessesary. 

Max Gawn got caught smoking on the way to training. Hogan is on camera dancing at a music festival pulling moves impossible for someone straight/sober.

Hodge is the greatest leader in the modern era and has countless drinking indiscretions. 

These guys don't like the work place policy then they can go get a a 9-5 job on jack all pay that let's them drink.

i would prefer professional Athletes representing the club.

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4 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

Max Gawn got caught smoking on the way to training. Hogan is on camera dancing at a music festival pulling moves impossible for someone straight/sober.

Hodge is the greatest leader in the modern era and has countless drinking indiscretions. 

Gawn got done for that years ago and was whacked by the club, which he acknowledges as the making of him.

Jesse was at home watching his father die as a 21 year old. If any of these 4 have that as an excuse then I will accept that as highly unusual and stressful circumstances.

Hodge got banned by his teammates for his last 2 indiscretions. So that tells you we handled this right.

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If it was a ban for next week I'd be concerned, but for them individually it's moronic given the state of the list. They'll never get a better chance to break into the line up. 

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Just now, olisik said:

These guys don't like the work place policy then they can go get a a 9-5 job on jack all pay that let's them drink.

i would prefer professional Athletes representing the club.

I hope you adhere to all your workplace policies.

Wayne Carey and Gary Ablett senior are the two greatest players I have seen in my lifetime. Both drank heavily and took recreational drugs.

I don't condone everything they have done but a few drinks shouldn't kill the career of the Melbourne boys as long as their wholesale approach is professional. 

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2 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

Wayne Carey and Gary Ablett senior are the two greatest players I have seen in my lifetime. Both drank heavily and took recreational drugs.

You know your arguments in trouble when you use Gary Ablett Snr as an example of behaviour.

Google Alisha Horan.

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49 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

When it rains, it pours.

I still wonder if Olisik supports Melbourne.  Never seen him say something positive about the club, only ever rocks up to bring up something negative.  He must support Richmond.

You're always pretty balanced WB, no matter Osi constant negative vibe not sure what he has done here, the players who got on the [censored] are the ones at fault. 

What a bunch of sparrows, spots up for grabs, new contract signed, game won.

Obviosuly team rules were broken so they didn't get the chance to be selected and totally let the team down. 

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