Sports commentator Nick Beams has said he is not surprised that the AFL had to ban him from the Adelaide Football Club for criticising it on social media.
Bears chairman Greg Swann has also suspended Beams from the club and the club’s AFL-NRL division for the next two years.
AFL-Nrl boss Nathan Buckley said Beams’ comments were inappropriate and should have been reported to the AFL, but said it was important that the players and coaches did not “go out and say something that could be construed as disrespectful towards the club”.
Bucks said Beames had not followed AFL rules, and that “you should have not said that to anyone”.
“There is a very, very strong line that you cannot use language that could possibly offend another member of the AFL community,” he said.
“And if that person is you, then you shouldn’t be doing that.”
Bennett said Beers comments were unacceptable and he would take the matter to the disciplinary committee.
He also criticised Beams for using his Twitter account without permission and for tweeting “I don’t believe in [the] NBL” instead of “the AFL”.
In a statement, Beams said he was “disappointed” with Swann’s decision.
I didn’t understand the reasoning behind the ban, but I’m not surprised at all.
The AFL has been working on ways to prevent this kind of behaviour from ever happening again.
Nick Beames (@nickbeams) February 10, 2020 Beams was suspended from the AFL for 10 days last week for criticise the club.
The AFL had previously said Beys comments were “inappropriate and unacceptable”, but the governing body had not publicly explained why the ban had to be enforced.
Former Brisbane Lions forward Adam Schneider has said that Beams is a “foul-mouthed, foul-mouthing, disrespectful person” who “just doesn’t get it”.
Schneider, who played for the Lions in the National Rugby League before playing for Adelaide, tweeted the news on Saturday, saying he had been contacted by AFL officials.
Schwartz wrote on Twitter: “My first thought is that @AFL must ban him.
He just doesn’t understand.
I think he will come back from his ban and get a job.
But he’s just a foul-mouth, foul mouthed guy.”
Former Essendon premiership player Scott Thompson tweeted: “I was at the AFL Club and saw the same thing Nick Beam did.
He was just a raving, disrespectful guy.”
Former West Coast and Western Bulldogs star Jason Winderlich also wrote on Facebook: “Bears players, coaches and fans have been banned from Adelaide for using social media without permission.
He has never been banned by the AFL and has been in the NBL for the last three years.
He is simply not in the league to offend anyone and he has nothing to say that would be inappropriate.”
It’s a disgrace.
It’s just the wrong time to ban someone who has no issue in the club.” AAP/ABC