A year after Blaine Boekhorst’s embarrassment, Tyrone Leonardis is the latest AFL draftee to learn a harsh lesson about the pitfalls of social media.
Soon after Sydney recruited the small defender with pick No.51 in Tuesday night’s draft, it emerged he had liked two Facebook pages that were critical of Swans great Adam Goodes.
They were titled “Adam Goodes for flog of the year” and Adam Goode’s (sic) for wanker of the year”.
Sydney were soon aware of the gaffe and said Leonardis had apologised.
He apparently liked the pages last February.
Goodes retired from the AFL after a tumultuous final season, where fans booing the indigenous star became a major issue in the game.
The two-time Brownlow Medallist is a revered figure at the club.
Leonardis’ blunder came a year after Boekhorst also had an awkward start to life as a Carlton player.
A few months earlier, Boekhorst had tweeted that either the entire Carlton team or then-coach Mick Malthouse had to go.
Malthouse laughed it off, Boekhorst was nicknamed “tweet” and he went on to win Carlton’s best first-year player award this season.
The Blues were major players at this year’s draft as they rebuild their list.
New coach Brendon Bolton, who was appointed in the wake of Malthouse’s sacking, oversaw the Blues recruit key defender player Jacob Weitering with the No.1 pick.
They also went for fellow key position player Harry McKay at No.10 and then recruited Charlie Curnow at 12.
Bolton said he was never in any doubt about recruiting Curnow, the younger brother of current Carlton player Ed.
Charlie Curnow was arrested early last Friday morning for allegedly being drunk in a public place and refusing a breath test.
The Blues also matched a cheeky nomination from Essendon to recruit father-son nominee Jack Silvagni.
Key position players dominated the draft – they made up five of the top 10 picks and seven of the first 15.
While it was a big night for Carlton, Essendon and Melbourne with their early picks, the new-look draft format did not work.
The evening dragged on too long and the live bid system, introduced this year, was hard to understand.