‘Lazy’: Riewoldt hits back at Lloyd as AFL greats’ dispute gets nasty

Nick Riewoldt has hit back at Matthew Lloyd for a “lazy and ill-informed” comment in response to his stance on concussion in the lead-up to Grand Finals.

It comes after the AFL’s concussion guidelines prohibited Chelsea Randall from playing in the AFLW Grand Final on Saturday – something the Crows star herself is comfortable doing given the “important message” it sends.

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While underlining the “severity” of concussion and the important role of current AFL guidelines, Riewoldt said on Wednesday night he personally would go as far as the Supreme Court if he felt he was fit to play in a decider.

“I understand the severity of concussion and we heard Chelsea, but there’s a very clear parameter. If I feel okay to play I’m taking it as far as I possibly can to play,” he said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 at the time.

“It’s the arbitrary nature of 12 days that I think would provide the opportunity for a player to push the AFL.”

It prompted a response from Lloyd, who was understanding of Riewoldt’s perspective but branded it an “old-school mentality.”

“He obviously doesn’t understand the severity of concussion. He’s saying I fully understand the severity of concussion yet I’m taking it to the Supreme Court,” he said on 3AW Football.

“I reckon that’s an old-school mentality that if I think I’m okay I’m taking it to the Supreme Court.

“We’ve got to respect the brain. We’re being told 12 days, two weeks for a reason.”

Now Riewoldt has been given a chance to respond and claimed Lloyd’s comments were “ill-informed.”

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“My response is that Matthew Lloyd doesn’t speak for me, and that’s a lazy and ill-informed comment with no prior knowledge of my history, my medical history,” he said on Fox Footy’s Friday Night Footy on Fox.

“He obviously doesn’t know that I’ve proactively gone to Michael Makdissi’s clinic (at Olympic Park) to get scans post-career, so I take it very, very seriously.”

Riewoldt also went back to his original argument, which centred around the “arbitrary nature of 12 days, the amount of time AFL and AFLW players must sit out after suffering a concussion.

“It’s an ill-informed comment and he obviously paid no regard for the caveats I made … that were apart of my original statement,” he added.

“They were, if you had actually recovered symptomatically from the symptoms of concussion, and your baseline testing had returned to the baseline levels, your cognitive testing had returned to the baseline levels.

“Well then if you’re stuck in a 12-day time-wrap, but you’re actually fine and you’ve been cleared – because the 12 days is an arbitrary number, I would fight it and I would take it as far as I could to be able to play in a Grand Final. On those very, very clear caveats that I just outlined that Matthew obviously chose to disregard.”

Originally published as‘Lazy’: Riewoldt hits back at Lloyd

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