Richmond Tigers AFL coach Damien Hardwick defends Shai Bolton, Daniel Rioli after ‘inappropriate’ act


Richmond gun Shai Bolton will miss two-to-three AFL video games after he fractured his wrist in a nightclub combat as coach Damien Hardwick defended the midfielder’s name to step in to assist teammate Daniel Rioli.

Hardwick confirmed Bolton had undergone surgical procedure on Monday night after struggling the damage in an altercation on the weekend, which the Tigers stated began when Rioli’s girlfriend was “subjected to inappropriate behaviour” from a fellow nightclub patron.

Rioli confronted the patron and was punched within the face, struggling a lower below his eye that required two stitches, with Bolton stepping in.


Hardwick defended each gamers on Monday evening and stated he believed many individuals would have reacted the identical means.

“A participant’s associate was put in an inappropriate state of affairs that she didn’t really feel comfy with and Daniel stood up and tried to eradicate the state of affairs and was punched within the eye,” Hardwick informed Fox Footy.

“I don’t condone violence however the actuality is, you set anybody in that state of affairs, they’re going to face up for his or her associate and their mates and Shai was the identical.

“So, look, it was a troublesome state of affairs. It’s not one ideally we need to be in however the actuality is we’re the place we’re.”

Daniel Rioli was defending his girlfriend Paris Lawrence.
Daniel Rioli was defending his girlfriend Paris Lawrence. Credit score: Instagram

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