Mitch Robinson has never been afraid to speak his mind or give it to an opponent in the middle of a game.
Unfortunately for Robinson, one of his fiery tirades from earlier in the season has come back to blow up in his face.
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The Brisbane Lions hard nut took aim at high-profile Richmond recruit Tom Lynch during a
live video game streaming session on Twitch.
Replying to a comment from a streamer that said Lynch is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), Robinson said: “Is he? Do you know him do you, f***head?”
Responding to other comments, Robinson added: “He went to a good team to get success, that’s what he did. He went to a premiership team and thinks he’s that good.
“He just does my head in. He’s a w***er.”
But now fans have been quick to throw those comments back in the face of Robinson after he made some interesting remarks during his RTI Podcast.
The Lions are awaiting the winner of Geelong and Collingwood in the preliminary final after taking care of Richmond in the opening week.
A second placed finish on the ladder has the Lions primed for a home Grand Final and ready to show they’re the AFL’s next big force.
Robinson, talking to Seany T, said he believes players are now knocking down the door to become a Lion.
“We have become a destination club. Players want to come because of the culture we are building at the club,” Robinson said.
Fans couldn’t help but point out the glaring hypocrisy in Robinson’s comments, coming less than two months after he delivered a shot at Lynch.
“Funny how a narrative can change when it suits,” one user wrote.
Another added: “he’s absolutely right, but boy oh boy the hypocrisy”.
Robinson’s outburst at Lynch set off a severe spray from coach Chris Fagan who pulled the enigmatic star into line.
Footy Classified’s Caroline Wilson said the Lions became aware of the comments the day they hit the public spotlight, which she described as “the most unbelievably ridiculous spray”.
“I know it came off the back of the Witherden incident. It’s two weeks old, it’s emerged (Wednesday), the Lions became aware of it (Wednesday),” she said.
“I’m told the coach Chris Fagan has spoken quite severely to Mitch Robinson, who has apologised to his club for the language he used.”
Matthew Lloyd highlighted another Robinson quote, from an interview with the Herald Sun ahead of his 200th game in round nine, about Geelong’s Joel Selwood.
“I don’t like Selwood,” Robinson said. “What happens on the field stays on the field, but Selwood would know why. Will leave it at that.”
Lloyd said Robinson was in danger of following the same path of former Lions star Jason Akermanis, whose brilliant Brownlow Medal and triple premiership-winning career was overshadowed in its final years by controversy.
“(Robinson) had his 200th a few weeks ago and he was lauded for what he’s done for a lot of Brisbane players,” Lloyd said. “He’s got to be very careful he doesn’t become a Jason Akermanis. That he gets to a point where he becomes such a distraction for Chris Fagan …
“While you’re winning it’s OK — when Aker’s team was winning premierships everyone accepted it — but the moment you start losing and Mitch isn’t playing that well …”