Former Brisbane Lions midfielder Mitch Robinson has sparked the bump debate once more, sending footy Twitter right into a frenzy along with his commentary on Shane McAdam’s brutal hit that may effectively earn him an early-season vacation after the Crows’ loss to the Giants on Sunday.
“I don’t care what anybody says, that’s simply part of footy I bloody love,” wrote the big-bodied former midfielder.
“Take that out of the sport and it’s simply who’s essentially the most gifted,” he wrote.
“The deal with is already on its means out.”
The Crows ahead lined up the Giants’ Jacob Wehr in a crunching hit that despatched the teenager flying backwards, and might be heard throughout Giants Stadium.
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“I’m 50 metres away and you may hear the smack,” Cameron Mooney stated on Fox Footy.
It comes as Melbourne’s Kysaiah Pickett and Lance Franklin copped time from the Match Overview Panel for his or her hits earlier within the spherical, and commentators in addition to followers on social media anticipate that McAdam might be in scorching water himself.
“He’s going to be in a world of damage from the match evaluate panel,” stated David King on commentary.
Twitter was not complimentary of Robinson’s commentary on the bump, nonetheless they quickly realised the previous star was igniting a dialogue on the subject with a purposely inflammatory tweet.
One social media person sarcastically remarked “they need to deliver again king hitting (too), or else then it’s only a recreation of soccer”.
One other stated: “(That is an) early nomination for worst tweet of the yr.
“It’s 2023 mate. Get with the instances. This was not okay.”
“Makes Dane Swan appear to be f**king Einstein,” stated one other.
A number of responses famous the continuing reckoning that the AFL and the game are having with head impacts and concussion, in addition to the rising prevalence of former gamers presenting with CTE signs.
“Previous gamers are dying due to CTE and Mitch Robinson thinks it’s wise to tweet this,” stated one.
“I’m certain these guys will needless to say you adore it, Robbo, once they can’t bear in mind the names of their youngsters or grandkids once they’re 60,” stated one other.
“We’ve obtained former AFL gamers driving into bushes. Get a grip Mitch,” stated one other.
“This tweet may make its means into that concussion lawsuit, I reckon. Insane take,” stated one other.
Continual traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a mind situation attributable to repeated blows to the pinnacle, resulting in early-onset dementia.
The signs embrace reminiscence loss, impulse management issues, despair and suicidal ideation, and infrequently don’t current till years after the final head trauma, with the situation solely capable of be identified after demise.
The hyperlink between contact soccer codes and CTE has been popularised because the launch of the 2015 biopic Concussion, which starred Will Smith as forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, the primary particular person to publish analysis findings on American soccer gamers and CTE.
CTE has been identified in former AFL gamers together with Polly Farmer, Danny Frawley and Shane Tuck, in addition to champion Maroons coach Paul Inexperienced who took his personal life aged 49 final yr.
Robinson clarified in a follow-up video a couple of hours later that the tweet was intentionally designed to impress debate, given “all of the information in the intervening time about concussion”, calling it a “social experiment”.
“We’ve seen a few huge hits (this weekend)…so I need to see what the general public and what Twitter is considering,” he stated.
“I simply need to see what individuals are saying, see what they chunk at.
“(I’ll) make (the tweet) just a little bit self-entitled.”
Robinson clarified that whereas he “loves the bump”, however that it was a “fairly huge factor for folks to ensure they’ll play the sport (safely).
“The analysis that we’re getting (about) concussions is fairly full-on, so (tough-guy) soccer will not be actually wanted anymore.
“What can the AFL do to (deter concussion)?
“Preserve suspending folks (for prime hits), I suppose.
“For those who elect to bump, you’re simply going to get weeks regardless.”