Richmond players Daniel Rioli and Shai Bolton had been concerned in a nightclub brawl over the weekend, the membership has confirmed.
The Tigers say the combat occurred as a result of Rioli’s girlfriend, Paris Lawrence, was focused by others on the nightclub.
The reigning AFL premiers had been thrashed by Geelong on the MCG on Friday evening however Richmond didn’t specify when the incident occurred over the weekend.
Rioli and Bolton each performed in opposition to the Cats, with the latter persevering with his career-best type by booting three targets and amassing 21 touches.
However Bolton now requires surgical procedure on a damaged arm and can miss the subsequent two to 3 weeks.
“An altercation happened after Rioli’s girlfriend was subjected to inappropriate behaviour,” the Tigers mentioned in a press release.
“Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a reduce underneath his eye that required two stitches.
“Bolton grew to become concerned within the ensuing altercation and sustained a fractured wrist that may require surgical procedure. He shall be sidelined for the subsequent two to 3 weeks.”
Bolton but to re-sign
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is “uncomfortable” with the state of affairs however stays assured rising star Shai Bolton will shun curiosity from rival golf equipment to stay with the powerhouse past this season.
Bolton is out of contract on the finish of 2021 and his supervisor Ralph Carr has repeatedly acknowledged his consumer is in no rush to signal a brand new deal.
The 22-year-old completed fourth within the Tigers’ best-and-fairest final season and claimed his second premiership medal.
“I’m at all times uncomfortable with good players out of contract, however we love Shai and I’m fairly certain he loves us as effectively,” Hardwick mentioned final Wednesday.
“That’ll simply take a little bit of time to work via.
“These contract discussions are at all times like that, however we’re very assured in what we’ve created right here (and) that players wish to keep and players wish to come.”
Richmond noticed Jack Higgins and Oleg Markov take up robust presents from rival golf equipment on the finish of final season, whereas premiership pair Dan Butler and Brandon Ellis made related strikes a yr earlier.
Hardwick mentioned he doesn’t begrudge players “taking a look at completely different conditions that may afford them some luxuries in life”.
However he mentioned the Tigers had developed a powerful tradition that entices players to signal for much less cash than they may earn elsewhere as a way to keep at Punt Highway.
“It’s the factor you give as much as keep at a profitable membership,” Hardwick mentioned.
“We’ve seen that over various years at different golf equipment which have been actually profitable; Hawthorn and Geelong in fashionable occasions.
“In order for you success you’ve bought to surrender one thing and customarily it’s financial.”
– with AAP
Free Australia Journey Information E-book