A flustered Eddie McGuire came face to face with radio host Neil Mitchell over his treatment of troubled AFL star Jordan De Gouy.
Eddie McGuire criticized radio host Neil Mitchell for his treatment of troubled AFL star Jordan De Goey.
The altercation took place on Mitchell’s radio show on Thursday morning when McGuire was provoked by Mitchell calling De Gouy, who has ADHD, a “Balinese chump” a day earlier.
Mitchell said on Wednesday: “Not every AFL player in trouble is going to be like, ‘Oh my god, I have this mental breakdown.’
“How does ADHD turn you into a misogynistic, anti-social Balinese chump?”
McGuire hit back on Thursday, saying the strikes were low and targeted.
“You contacted a man who came out and said that he had a mental disorder for which he was being treated for a long time,” McGuire said.
“(I gave) the mildest criticism last night, but you are happy to come here when you know that the child has mental health problems.
“You know the media is doing it, heaping it on, you know there have been people who have committed suicide on people’s backs, just knocking them out of hell too far in situations like this.”
McGuire, who was Collingwood’s president from 1998 to 2021, said he came to the show to “discuss where the media is taking us and then criticize people.”
“We were trying to figure out how this guy got into trouble? I am not defending him,” he said.
This week, de Gooy was given a $25,000 suspended sentence after he was caught on video making rude tongue gestures while partying at a nightclub in Bali.
A few days later, he spoke about his recent diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and criticized what he said was “the media’s relentless harassment of athletes.”
However, Mitchell told McGuire that he simply “doesn’t understand the media anymore”.
“The only thing I have in life is my reputation. I am not a liar. I have the right to defend my integrity,” he said.
“You accused me of mocking mental health, and I’m not.”
Mitchell said that McGuire had his own long history of criticizing public figures through media comments.
“Remember, this is the same Eddie who called Adam Goodes ‘King Kong’ and wanted to drown Caroline Wilson in the Big Freeze,” he said.
“To paraphrase Julia Gillard, this person will not teach me decency.
“Normally I would ignore the massive sled I picked up from Eddie McGuire last night on TV, but I can’t ignore this.”
McGuire responded by saying that Mitchell himself had driven a list of people he wouldn’t name into “very dark places”.
The incident in Bali was the latest in a long series of scandals involving 26-year-old De Goya.
In 2017, De Gouy broke his arm in a St Kilda bar incident and initially lied to the club, telling officials that he had injured it while playing with his dog.
A year later, he was suspended by Collingwood after he was caught driving under the influence and fined $10,000.
In July 2020, Victoria Police charged De Goy and another man with indecent assault in an incident that allegedly happened to a woman in 2015.
However, prosecutors dropped the charges against both men the following year and agreed to pay De Goy’s legal fees.
In October 2021, De Gooy was arrested at a New York City nightclub and charged with forcibly touching a 35-year-old woman and assaulting a 37-year-old man.
The forcible touch charge was dropped and he was offered a plea deal in January 2022 to reduce the remaining assault charge to second-degree harassment.