Veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson has taken issue with Swans manager John Longmire’s criticism of the vision that aired of concussion-stricken star Paddy McCartin after he was replaced by Monday’s game following a worrying blow to the head.
Longmire felt uncomfortable with what he called the “invasive” nature of the live footage shown during Fox Footy’s coverage of the game, which broadcast a visibly distraught McCartin in the Swans locker room.
McCartin cut an accidental knee to the head of Chad Wingard in Sydney’s 41-point loss to the Hawks on Anzac Day.
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The 26-year-old’s career has been plagued by concussions since being picked first overall in the 2014 draft, with the latest incident resulting in the rookie’s ninth concussion.
However, speaking on Nine’s Footy RankedWilson disagreed with Longmire’s comments that the vision should not be shown on television in awkward situations.
“I have huge respect for John Longmire, but that’s just plain wrong,” she said.
“It’s not fair what he said.
“If the Swans cared so much about vision, then they had to send him straight to a separate room – to a doctors room or a coaching room – they didn’t have to put him where the cameras could see him. .
“It was the Swans’ mistake.”
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Wilson said it was understandable that Sydney forgot to move McCartin to a more private location in the middle of a game, but he couldn’t blame the media for jumping to conclusions knowing McCartin’s past struggles against a concussion.
“If it was that bad then maybe Sydney should have communicated more with the media who wanted to know what was going on,” she said.
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Panelist and former AFL manager Ross Lyon agreed.
“We know the environment – it’s live theater and I was watching it and was mesmerized by it,” he said.
“I understand the sensitivities and where John is coming from, but we know the environment we operate in, we know the interest and every AFL coach says ‘control the controllable’ – well that applies. to support staff as well as medical staff – controls the controllable.
“I know there’s a room over there, you just go left and you’re in private.”
McCartin and teammate Logan McDonald, who also suffered a concussion, have recovered well but will miss Sydney’s seventh clash with the Brisbane Lions due to the AFL’s mandatory 12-day concussion protocol.
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