‘It’s none of our business’: AFL great Garry Lyon unleashes on journalist Caroline Wilson for questioning two players who missed a crucial game to be with family
- Tim Membrey and Seb Ross skipped St Kilda game to be with their families
- Ross’s wife just had twins and Membrey’s partner is due to give birth shortly
- Caroline Wilson questioned the pair’s toughness and commitment to the club
- The comments incensed AFL legend Garry Lyon who was speechless with rage
AFL legend Garry Lyon has snapped back at journalist Caroline Wilson after she criticised St Kilda stars Tim Membrey and Seb Ross for skipping a crucial game to be with their families.
The pair returned to Melbourne to be with their wives rather than stay in Cairns to prepare for the game against Adelaide.
Ross’ partner Marnie gave birth to twins five weeks earlier, while Membrey’s wife Emily is due to give birth any day now.
The Saints blew a big lead against the Crows and lost by six points on Saturday and veteran journalist Wilson reported that there were some within the Saints’ camp that were disappointed in senior players Membrey, 27, and Ross, 28, for abandoning the team.
On Nine’s Footy Classified, she questioned the pair’s toughness and commitment to St Kilda and branded the decision a disappointment.
Seb Ross flew back from Queensland to be with wife Marnie and their new-born twins (pictured) in Melbourne ahead of last Saturday’s crucial clash against Adelaide Crows which St Kilda lost by six points
Melbourne’s AFL clubs have been based interstate since the start of the latest Covid lockdown in Victoria, forcing players to be away from their families for weeks.
‘It is a very odd situation when you have two leaders of the team – particularly one whose babies were born five or six weeks ago – would leave the team,’ she said.
‘This was probably their last shot at making finals – are they as tough and hard and committed as we need them to be?
‘There were no medical emergencies here.’
Ms Wilson, 61, added: ‘I think supporters and sponsors and members and other teammates would have every right to be a bit disappointed.’
But AFL great Garry Lyon, 53, has leapt to the defence of the pair and their families.
Tim Membrey’s wife Emily (pictured) is due to give birth any day now and he also returned to be with her in Melbourne
‘I’m almost speechless,’ the 226-game former Melbourne skipper said on SEN Breakfast radio on Tuesday. ‘They may need to take time away. It’s none of our business.
‘If a player says they have a family issue, a baby pending, I need to be home — the footy world goes, okay, good. We love you and we support you.
‘To think you can sit there on national television and speak for the family? “I must stress there is no medical problem.” Oh really Caro?
‘You stress that do you? You would know, would you?’
Journalist Caroline Wilson (left) has questioned the toughness and commitment if the St Kilda players for putting their family first. Ms Wilson’s comments have infuriated AFL legend Garry Lyon (pictured right with his wife, Melissa) who says should be supported for their decision
‘So Caro is suggesting she knows better than the Ross family? I would suggest that’s a conversation she would not want to have with Seb Ross’s wife and/or mother or family members.
‘How she can make a judgment on the family situation of a young mother with twins from afar and say, “Why didn’t they bow to peer pressure these blokes and stay?”
He added: ‘We are trying to have our minds around if a player says they need time out for whatever reason we go, “OK, there’s a great reason for that, we respect it, good luck.”
‘Not “Supporters, sponsors and everyone else is going to be disappointed with you.”‘