Collingwood Football Club, also known as the Magpies, and star player Jordan De Goey have been caught in a media frenzy this week. Fans and pundits have expressed their shock, outrage, and frustration at the club’s decision to let De Goey travel to Bali for a mid-season holiday.
Videos of the midfielder went viral this week and the footage clearly shows him dancing in a busy Bali nightclub while making suggestive tongue gestures. De Goey can be seen surrounded by women dancing and has appeared in another video to attempt to pull a woman’s halter top to the side to expose her breast.
The woman in question is 25 year old Remy Jackson who is in Bali with a friend Sarah Capuano. Both women can been seen dancing in the videos that triggered De Goey’s latest scandal.
The saga, which started on the evening of Friday 17th June, has drawn as much attention as it has because of De Goey’s conduct in the past. In the down season, 26-year-old De Goey was arrested in New York on assault and harassment charges. This led to Collingwood Football Club standing him down until charges were resolved in January 2022. He pled guilty and was fined $10,000.
For every scathing comment online there is an offering of support for De Goey who posted on Instagram today thanking fans and the football community for their support. He reminds the community that the impact that media commentary can have on the mental health of players.
He alludes that if media persecution of athletes continues to go unchecked that the outcomes could be tragic. The statement reads ‘…I want to openly address the relentless pursuit and persecution of athletes by the media to create an uneducated, biased, and ill-informed narrative that has gone too far. I am one of the lucky ones with amazing support, however, not all athletes are so lucky. This will end in tragedy if no one speaks up. It’s time for a change. #EnoughIsEnough’.
His behavior has sparked outrage from pundits who have described his behavior as ‘entitled’ and that he chose ‘indulgence over discipline’. Some commentators have suggested that this media frenzy will cost both the club and De Goey millions come the contract renewal period.
Some Australian Football League pundits are not so quick to blame De Goey for his actions, blaming rather Collingwood as a club for permitting a trip of this kind during the mid-season break.
Speaking to Fox Footy Live, Cameron Mooney said ‘Whether he was going to be stupid or not, just the fact that they let him get on that plane. You’ve made your bed Collingwood, you’re idiots…Every player has to tell their club where they’re going in their break. Someone has gone, ‘Bali, De Goey, yep tick. Off you go champ’.
Remy Jackson, who De Goey could be seen dancing within the Bali nightclubs has also shared an Instagram story encouraging the media to stand down.
The story, a simple text on a black background reads ‘Hey everyone, I can’t believe the backlash towards Jordy & Myself over here in Bali…nothing to see here’. Details of the relationship between De Goey and Jackson are not known but they have not been seen together in the press before.
Collingwood Football Club has released a short statement to confirm that they are investigating the incident. The brief statement reads ‘The Collingwood Football Club is aware of video footage involving player Jordan De Goey that was taken in Bali in recent days.
The club will comment further as soon as it is in a position to do so’. De Goey is due to be back in Australia in a matter of days. While he was able to make amends with Collingwood after the incident in New York, commentators are unsure whether the uncontracted player will be able to bounce back this time.
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