Well there you go then. SWSNBN has come out swinging.
If it is true that a Richmond premiership player passed on to friends and teammates personal photographs of a semi-naked woman, then the Tigers cannot defend him. And the AFL, if required, must overrule the club and suspend him.
As damaging as this story could become for the club and as uncomfortable as it is for the image-conscious AFL, then just imagine how the young woman in question must feel. If what she has alleged took place - and certainly anyone who wants to has seen the photograph - then she has been violated and humiliated.
And you can only imagine what her parents must be going through. It was the family who took this sordid allegation to the club in a complaint that has finished up in the hands of police and again exposed the AFL’s clumsy efforts to rewrite its respect and responsibility policy.
It seems frankly outrageous that anyone at Richmond could play down the allegations on the basis that the woman’s face is not shown in the photograph with the premiership medal. If her accusations are confirmed then the AFL must take a stand on what amounts to "sexting’’, a form of horrible social media abuse and violation and a practice that has become all too regular.
If her version is correct then I withdraw my other comments.