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8 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

Classic Murdoch press headline writing. This is the context of it:

“I know I was not perfect however through my time at the club I treated the welfare of all of our people – from the senior coach to the boot studder – as paramount and was steadfast in my responsibility to be able to look every person (including every parent) in the eye and confirm that I was doing everything possible to have a club free of workplace bullying, gambling, harassment and illegal drugs,”

Incredibly misleading headline by mentioning drugs if that’s the only reference. The headline editors must get a hard on every time they see certain words mentioned by an interviewee and excitedly put it in the headline. 

Recently when Andrew Symonds passed away I saw a headline saying “We Need To Talk: Cricketers Last Message”, anyone anywhere would immediately take that as a reference to suicidal thoughts and someone devastatingly sad. It was a joking funny text, nothing else and to remove that context was a disgusting decision. 

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So he's asking for privacy but then puts out this statement. So who is he accusing of threatening him?

Seriously just sort this out everyone, we have had enough board turmoil over the years. 

It was more enjoyable reading about us in the papers when we were winning

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Time to start performing on the field and all these distractions disappear 

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Just says Wilson, Niall and The Age are snakes. I don’t see anything more in what Bartlett had to say than that. But we all know that Martin Flanagan is the only decent Demons journalist. The rest that report on us are meh!

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Quote:  “As president, a workplace/OHS Lawyer, and a parent, I was not willing to compromise on fundamental values, the law and expected standards of behaviour.  “I believe that my approach and the raising of these issues resulted in a campaign against me from various quarters that was inimical with proper administrative governance and taking seriously important though delicate and sensitive matters..."

The ref to 'proper administrative governance' sounds like the campaign was from inside the board a board which apparently did not back his position to sack Goodwin (and maybe Pert) and without their backing he fell on his sword. 

But please such vague accusations.  Enough weazel words to seriously damage mfc but protect himself from defamation.

Quote:  “Having left the board last November 2021, threats towards myself and my partner were made even in February and March of this year. We have sought undertakings that the threats and contributions to defamatory publications stop – these undertakings have not been forthcoming,” he said.

Re the last line, from other parts of his statement the only person he has sought such undertakings from is Roffey.   Very tenuously linked to 'threats'.

Feb and March were when Warner released the secret dossier.  Again such vague accusations.  The accusations could have been from social media!!   Yet it is left open to interpret it as mfc generated or sponsored.

Quote:  "I was very committed from when I took over in 2013 with Peter Jackson and Paul Roos to drive cultural change across the club. This is not always popular; however, leadership is not a popularity contest or about “being mates” in my view".

Another dig at Goodwin?

Quote:  On Sunday April 11, 2021, I announced my decision to step down as president of Melbourne Football Club.  Since that Sunday at the MCG, there have been numerous articles over a significant period of time that purported to publish the real reasons behind, and circumstances of my departure and related matters. This is in addition to numerous radio interviews, podcasts, and TV shows. Many of the publications contained false and damaging material and perpetuated false narratives.

My recollection is that Roffey and mfc were very embracing and complimentary in the media. 

Quote:  Turning now to the publications that I consider defamatory and false about me. I have given Kate Roffey several opportunities to address and correct her contribution to articles that were ultimately published containing damaging and inaccurate narratives regarding myself and impacting my partner Victoria and our businesses. Ms Roffey has declined to correct any such statements privately or publicly. The one article by the Herald Sun has been corrected and the publication of those “text messages” on 7 June 2022 were in relation to that legal dispute and that correction by the Herald Sun. The “text messages” were not leaked but as the Article explains obtained legitimately by the Herald Sun during the legal dispute.

It is one thing to be subjected to a campaign of leaks, which is bad enough. However, it is entirely another thing to be subjected to a campaign of misleading and damaging and purported leaks calculated to damage me.

He makes it sound like the legal dispute is with Roffey whereas it is with The Age and its writers.  But then says: "To be very clear the legal action is NOT against the Melbourne Football Club and the members who own the club..."

 Does anyone have a link to The Age article at the center of the legal dispute?

 

His statement is a very disingenuous way to pot Roffey, the club and supporters.  He is trying to force a public stoush with our board.  Good on Roffey and Co for not falling for it.

If he has something specific about a board member, the club or a fan then come out and say it.  Bring a legal case against them.  Ask the police to track down the threats.  Test the accusaitions in court rather than just threaten to with vague comments about future actions. 

Otherwise, stop hiding behind vague innuendos dressed up as a love for the club.

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A curious part of this sordid saga is Mr Jesudason. 

He is the 4th man at the meeting with Goyder and McLachlan to sack Goodwin (and if need be Pert). 

By all accounts the media reports of that meeting are almost a verbatim of what was said, so much so the suggestion is the meeting was recorded or very detailed notes were taken.

Sure there would have been a report to the Board and in minutes but not the nitty gritty of what was said.

So If Bartlett didn't leak the AFL meeting details of that meeting, who did?  Is he suggesting Jesudason?  Not likely as he is still on our Board.  McLachlan washed his hands of it saying something like:  "I don't care...its history."  Goyder?  Nope.

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56 minutes ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

Front page “news” again…

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The most misleading headline. They should be called out for this: disgusting, gutter hackery.

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9 minutes ago, 3183 Dee said:

The most misleading headline. They should be called out for this: disgusting, gutter hackery.

Don't forget their job is to sell papers!

The headline "Ex-Dees Prez releases a dribble of a personal statement" doesn't get it done.

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11 hours ago, Older demon said:

Ladies and gentlemen the point is none of this is directed at the football club and he clearly states this. He is having a fair crack at the media who have written lots about him, his departure and we all assumed Michael warners info came from Glen. This may not be the case and our old friend Tom Morris gets a mention. He categorically and emphatically denies leaking any board papers or private meetings and if it goes to court will be under oath. He is suing The Age and wanted Kate Roffey to retract statements she made, which she has decided not to, published by the Age. His beef is with the media and stories they are publishing, interesting that the HS would print them but again the writs are against the Age

Again I will reiterate and quote Glen " In recent months I have given the relevant journalists and publishers the opportunity to resolve my concerns and to also provide undertakings to not engage in any further defamatory conduct. Such undertakings have not been forthcoming, and my serious concerns remain unresolved, so I believe I had no alternative but to commence legal proceedings. To be very clear the legal action is NOT against the Melbourne Football Club and the members who own the club. I spent eight years helping rebuild Melbourne and still hold considerable affection for the club, its members, players and sponsors. I loved my time there and I am immensely proud of what was achieved and look forward to the continued success." 

The context of his quote about culture about the standards he wanted to set at Melbourne, is not an indication that there was anything wrong. It is a very lengthy piece

The quote you’ve picked is huge but of course gets lost in the headline. 

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14 minutes ago, 3183 Dee said:

The most misleading headline. They should be called out for this: disgusting, gutter hackery.

"WAR, FAMINE, RECESSION, DEPRESSION, DRUGS, BULLYING, RAMPANT BAD CULTURE, BUZZWORD"

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12 hours ago, Older demon said:

Again I will reiterate and quote Glen " In recent months I have given the relevant journalists and publishers the opportunity to resolve my concerns and to also provide undertakings to not engage in any further defamatory conduct. Such undertakings have not been forthcoming, and my serious concerns remain unresolved, so I believe I had no alternative but to commence legal proceedings. To be very clear the legal action is NOT against the Melbourne Football Club and the members who own the club.

A very thin veil, imv.   

By his own comments that the HS obtained their sms from those legal proceedings against The Age, he exonerates them.  Clearly he doesn't think what they have published about meetings he attended were defamatory or detrimental to him.

By taking legal action against The Age he knowingly drew Roffey into the net because he alleges she 'gave The Age false info that they published which she won't retract'. (paraphrasing). 

So while not against mfc and its members he has certainly embroiled our president.

 

Question for our legal eagles:  why is he commenting on a matter before the courts to which he is an integral party? 

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7 minutes ago, Lucifers Hero said:

A very thin veil, imv.   

 

 

 

Question for our legal eagles:  why is he commenting on a matter before the courts to which he is an integral party? 

He has to my knowledge never commented on the particulars  of his defamation proceedings but rather only confirmed that he has issued in the WA Supreme Court .There had not been the slightest impropriety much less an abuse of process.

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How about the Headline - ex president playing the victim and throwing unfounded barbs at premiership club

no? No exciting enough?

doesn’t matter that’s it’s actually the true version of events

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