Caroline Wilson criticizes AFL and AFLPA in first comments on Betts’ book

The ages Caroline Wilson has commented on the details of the Eddie Betts biography for the first time.

Wilson, along with fellow journalist Sam McClure, reported disturbing details of what happened at the Crows’ preseason camp in the years that followed. However, in February of this year, they apologized and retracted their reports about the camp, at the behest of their employer.

They both received a lot of criticism after their apology.

However, Betts’s biography, entitled The boy from Boomerang Crescentdelves into numerous issues captured in the Wilson and McClure reports, which seems to suggest that the reports were accurate.

There were a lot of fallout from the book launch on Wednesday. Mark Ricciuto, a club legend who remains Adelaide’s director of football, reacted to the news.

“The player’s well-being is always number 1, no matter what’s going on,” Ricciuto said. Triple M Adelaide.

“You always want everyone to be happy and all, so it’s really sad that Eddie wrote that.

“I think the club has gone on record at times that they recognized it wasn’t handled perfectly and that they had all the right intentions, but it didn’t go perfectly.”

However, Wilson criticized those comments.

“Obviously it’s devastating, what Mark Riccituo is saying is so inaccurate,” he said in Ranked Nine’s Footy.

“How can you describe some of those reveals as less than perfect? They are horrible.

“(They say) ‘we have passed this as a club’, they have never moved from that. The AFL will tell you that’s part of the problem.

And don’t get me started on the AFL. They knew all this and did nothing.”

The next stage of the story will focus on the lack of subsequent reaction.

Both the AFL and WorkSafe SA investigated at the time and found no violations, but Wilson believes resolute action should have been taken.

“It required discipline and punishment,” he added.

“The AFL tells me today that they didn’t break any rules. What about bringing the game into disrepute or engaging in improper conduct?

“Surely what we’ve heard from Eddie Betts is bringing the game into disrepute?

“How could they not take action? I know they put measures in place, but that wasn’t good enough for me.”

The veteran journalist also held particular criticism for AFL Players Association CEO Paul Marsh.

The AFLPA issued a statement on Wednesday night suggesting that the revelations in Betts’ book were new revelations and that the body would investigate further when speaking to Adelaide players at the club in 2018.

But Wilson debunked those reports, suggesting that she herself informed Marsh of the horrors at the camp and urged him to investigate.

“With the AP, I spoke to Paul Marsh countless times… Paul Marsh, I called him repeatedly over an 18-month period, how can you say you weren’t aware, that surprises me more than anything,” he said. fixed.

“Taylor Walker, I went to her house in March 2018 and we talked about camp.

“He liked the camp, but he talked about the Indian concerns, saying, ‘I told my teammates to get this Richmond game over with (at that time) … and then we’ll deal with it.’

“I called Paul Marsh after that and said, ‘You have to talk to the indigenous players,’ and then I called him with other accusations, terrible accusations from other players.

“How can you say this now… they (AFLPA) get paid a lot of money, surely their investigative resources are better than that.”

In the biography, Betts suggests that the culture changed at the club, leading to many choosing to leave West Lakes.

Six players applied to leave Adelaide between 2018 and 2020, while four free agents also left the club.

Marsh spoke with SEN Breakfast on Thursday morning, accepting her body could have done more to investigate.

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