Feathers ruffled at Hawks nest
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"If I stay at Hawthorn, that's OK, that's great ... if I move to West Coast, I'd be really excited by something new and a new prospect."
With one eye on a future coaching career, Sam Mitchell confirmed this week that he was open to a move to West Coast.
"I’m really glad that it’s all done and very excited to move over, get the family settled and get into it. My level of respect for the West Coast Eagles as a football club has been high for a long time."
The bombshell trade went through on Friday morning.
"We hear there’s a backflip now ... but if I was Jordan Lewis, I would have left. I wouldn’t have accepted Alastair Clarkson and them saying ‘OK, we want to keep you now’. The club has gone into damage control in losing Mitchell and then Jordan Lewis. Once you lose the trust of the coach it’s very hard to go back."
After it was reported that Jordan Lewis was almost traded to Melbourne before Hawthorn decided he is a required player, Essendon premiership forward Matthew Lloyd said Lewis should have forced the trade through.
"It’s extraordinary circumstances that we could be sitting here with the Hawthorn Football Club having had conversations with their best and fairest (Mitchell) and runner-up ... with both of them having a chance of exiting the football club."
Former Hawks player and ex-AFL coach Terry Wallace said the situation was unfathomable and unprecedented.
"The only thing I can glean from Sam Mitchell going to West Coast is that Hawthorn just don’t want him and I’m flabbergasted by that... why can’t Mitchell finish his playing career first at Hawthorn and then go into the next phase of his life as an assistant coach somewhere?"
AFL legend Kevin Bartlett maintained the old-school stance that loyalty matters.
"Moving on a guy that has just won your best and fairest — five of them actually — plus Jaeger (O'Meara) and Tom Mitchell coming in, it will take a long time for those guys to understand the Hawthorn way."
Brian Lake, who left the Bulldogs to join the Hawks, said loyalty is dead.
"Hawthorn receptionist says there has been a lot of calls from upset fans."
One of the most dominant stretches of football is not enough for some Hawks supporters, according to this tweet from journalist Daniel Cherny.
"The Hawks are geniuses. Let’s just look at over 12 months. Jed Anderson goes out for pick 15 and Tom Mitchell comes in for pick 14, so let’s call it the same pick... Jed Anderson hasn’t even established himself as a top 18 player and we’ve had Tom Mitchell, who’s had 14 possessions and two goals in the second quarter of a grand final."
Wallace, however, added that Hawthorn are list-management geniuses.
"You cannot agree to the rules and then expect them to change if you don’t like the outcome."
ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt whacked the 34 Essendon players after their appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal was not even entertained.
"You want to buy a ticket? Come watch me. You know I’m unpredictable. It’s your choice. I don’t owe you anything. Doesn’t affect how I sleep at night."
Nick Kyrgios tanked during a loss at the Shanghai Masters. He also argued with fans and would cop a US$16,500 fine from the ATP.
"Yeah, we're kind of used to it when Kyrgios is a context of conversation. Not many great things are spoken about him lately."
World No.1 Novak Djokovic said Kyrgios could be one of the greatest players in the game today but his antics continue to overshadow his talents.
"When asked about American presidential candidates, Aussie @andrewbogut called Trump and Hillary Clinton ‘shit-ass’."
Tommy Magelssen, an editor at the Dallas Morning News, had some trouble transcribing his interview with the Mavs' Australian centre Andrew Bogut.
"No I didn’t. I said shithouse."
Bogut set him straight with a reply.
"I’m not expecting a nice welcome. I don’t expect them to give me a clap, the same way they didn’t at Liverpool when I played (for Everton) numerous times."
Melbourne City recruit Tim Cahill's experiences in England have him primed to be booed by Melbourne Victory fans in tonight's A-League derby.
"I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer."
Tyson Fury voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA boxing titles in a bid to fre after voluntarily vacating his WBO and WBA world boxing titles to fight his drug and alcohol issues.
"We’re very comfortable that we’re the winners."
Bathurst 1000 winner Will Davison isn't worried about Triple Eight's appeal over the 15-second time penalty handed to Jamie Whincup, who crossed the line first but was classified 11th.
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