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Absolutely shattered. 

He was a beacon of hope having been draftee in 2014, and one of our most important players both on field and off since then. 

An absolute tragedy that his career is forced into an early end. We can only hope that he doesn’t suffer any serious long term symptoms and can live his life to the fullest. 

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This is so devastating. Poor Gus. A legend that will be sorely missed.

I hope Maynard, McGuire and everyone else that was patting themselves on the back about 'justice' being done following the incident being given the all clear have a moment to reflect on this.

A player in his prime has been forced to retire because of what happened and that is not right.

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I share everybody's sentiments and wish Gus all the best in the future. Does anyone have the email address of the AFL, Laura Kane or Andrew Dillon so we can all write to them and let them know how we feel about Maynard, the tribunal and their negligence? Pick 1 & 3 from their draft now retired due to concussion

On a different note, I find it disturbing that recent scans have detected microscopic changes in Gus' brain. This does not augur well and clearly wasn't how Gus thought it would pan out. A curse on Maynard!

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42 minutes ago, The heart beats true said:

I’ve fallen out of love with footy.

No, not footy, just the way it is administered and portrayed by a pathetic, agenda driven and biased media.

Gus, thank you for all your contribution to the MFC, enjoy your premiership and have a great life after footy.

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Terrible news. Wish Gus all the very best for the future.

He was a family favourite for us, our son is also an Angus. Pic is of Gus signing our son's footy at Manuka in 2015. Their epic conversation went something like this...

Angus (5yo): Your name is Angus

Angus B: Yep

Angus (5yo): My name is Angus too

Angus B: Good name isn't it

Angus (5yo): yep

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Maynard and Cripps put players out of finals with head knocks, knocking them out cold and ended one's career and their punishment was a Premiership and a Brownlow.

Well done AFL. 

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You can blame Maynard but he could have easily got another concussion this season. 

I'm devastated that we are losing a talented player but also a bit relieved for him knowing he won't cop any more head knocks.

He is soon to be married & obviously saw what affect head knocks caused to spud frawley. 

He'll be OK post footy. He's a smart man & needs to look forward to the rest of his life.

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Things like this can tear the heart out of a football club. Not only the manner of how the most recent concussion happened but losing someone who is the heart and soul. I don't know what to say at the moment. 

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1 hour ago, chook fowler said:

Hang your heads Maynard and the AFL. Shameful.

I was just about to write exactly "hang your heads maynard and AFL" when I read your post.

You can throw in the people that did the "prosecution of maynard". Pathetic.

In 10,20,30, 40 years time if Maynard is remembered at all it will be because of that incident, not for any football achievement. 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Wilson7 said:

 

 

I am shattered. Devastating to lose such a great player. A great Demon. He was a heart and soul player. Skills and courage. 
 

Absolutely had to put his future life as a priority. 
 

Thank you Gus. A great career. 👏👏👏

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51 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

The fact that an appeals body determined that Maynard should not be suspended clearly confirmed that a new rule was needed. We might not agree with that tribunal's decision, but the AFL was left with no choice but to amend the rule to ensure a future tribunal would not make the same decision in similar circumstances.

And to be even more controversial. I wonder how Maynard feels today? I expect he feels terrible. Whether anybody on here cares, or should care, is another matter, of course.

I've got a pet turtle that could have run the AFL's case better. For example, the uncontested "expert" evidence was a joke.

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1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

The fact that an appeals body determined that Maynard should not be suspended clearly confirmed that a new rule was needed. We might not agree with that tribunal's decision, but the AFL was left with no choice but to amend the rule to ensure a future tribunal would not make the same decision in similar circumstances.

And to be even more controversial. I wonder how Maynard feels today? I expect he feels terrible. Whether anybody on here cares, or should care, is another matter, of course.

mro officer - ex filth player

tribunal chairman - filth supporter

afl - dreaming of $$$$s

media hacks - out to lunch after checking if their bread was buttered

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Yes, I’m devastated that we’re losing Brayshaw, but all (probably the bulk) of these comments directed at Maynard and the AFL for their inaction are way off the mark.

To say that Brayshaw hadn’t had a concussion for x amount of years as if that meant he was in tip-top A1 condition and that Maynard is responsible for his having to retire is ridiculous. The effects of the past concussions are cumulative (they do not just disappear) and I’d suspect that Brayshaw and his ‘team’ had pondered retirement more than once in the past, purely because of his history. As weird as it may seem, maybe the Maynard incident was a blessing in disguise, having forced a decision upon them that is most likely in Brayshaw’s best interests.

To say that this was caused by the AFL’s inaction is also either wrong, or a misguided case of 20/20 hindsight. They could ban Maynard for a year, and it would make no difference as to whether Gus would retire or not. Where were all of the complaints about the AFL being too slow to act on changing rules relating to smothers, prior to this incident?  The fact is that the AFL have now acted and have made changes to those rules, citing the players duty of care etc.

Why is it that our supporters are always looking for someone to blame when things go wrong, when we should be wishing Gus all the best for the future? Even in the practice match thread people were raising the old chestnut of the umpires hating Melbourne. 

Anyway, whether you agree or disagree with my rant is of no consequence … I think we can ALL agree that Gus has a long haul ahead of him and that we ALL send lots of love in his direction and wish him well in his journey.  I do hope the club employs him in some capacity, as the Dees just won’t seem the same without him. He was a great servant of the club!

Go well Gus!!

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I’m gutted for Gus, and the premature end to his stellar career.  Let’s dedicate our ‘24 season and a Flag to his future well-being.

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Thank you Gus I just hope you are ok and that your life from here is healthy and happy 

One of my absolute favourites and got lots of laughs from Gus & Gawny. 

You got a premiership medal and not many have achieved that - so richly deserved 

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What a shame, what a guy. Devastating for him, the club and everyone of us that supports the MFC.

truely one of the good guys!

you talk of culture, Gus was the man driving it, I have no doubt. 
Gus Brayshaw - Thankyou!

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