CARLTON spearhead Jarrad Waite isn’t embarrassed by his reprimand for staging, saying he has been able to laugh off the incident with Tiger Jake King.
Waite staged for a free kick shortly after he tackled King to the ground in the third quarter of the Carlton-Richmond game at the MCG last Thursday night.
As Waite lay on top of King briefly, the Tiger toe-poked him in the chest – an action that earned King a $900 fine for unnecessary contact – prompting Waite to put his hand to his face as though he’d been hit.
Waite told AFL.com.au on Thursday he had suffered a blood nose in his tackle on King, but conceded his reaction to the Tiger’s toe-poke had not looked good.
“I wouldn’t say (it was) embarrassing, I’d say more funny,” Waite said.
Clearly if this is the reaction to a charge it isn’t treated harshly enough. That’s issue 1 for me.
Issue 2 is AFL won’t want to admit that it’s umpires are getting constantly fooled into giving frees, so they have set this to ignore mode and only the really obvious ones getting pinged (very occasionally). I doubt this even comes close to being an issue to the AFL