New Sydney Swans Recruit Caught Liking Anti-Adam Goodes FB Pages

As far as bad starts to a new job go, this isn’t exactly a world-beater. But it’s still quite the collar-puller.

The Sydney Swans selected a young bloke by the name of Tyrone Leonardis with their second pick – the 51st overall – in last night’s AFL Draft.
Among other things, Leonardis – a small forward from Victoria’s Northern Knights – probably would have taken out the prize for best name in the draft, if it weren’t for the world-beating name/head combination sported by new Geelong recruit Wiley Buzza.


But it’s Leonardis’ social media activity that’s already landed the youngster in sticky situation – before he’s even step foot in a Swans facility.
Almost immediately after his name was read out by Swans coach John Longmire, a post began circulating the internet showing that Leonardis had liked a pair of pages on Facebook, both denigrating the recently retired, and very much revered at the Swans, Adam Goodes.

Even though Leonardis reportedly did not post to either of the offending pages – “Adam Goodes for Flog of the Year” and “Adam Goode’s [sic] for wanker of the year” – it’s still AWKWARD AS SHIT given who’s now signing his cheques.

To the young man’s credit, however, he has reportedly been extremely apologetic to the club; an apology which was accepted. Swans football department boss Tom Harley reiterated the dangers of social media for aspiring professional athletes.

“We have spoken to Ty and he is really disappointed.”

“They were groups he joined in February and he is really apologetic. It is a really good reminder of the pitfalls of social media.”

“It is not ideal but he is unbelievably apologetic. He is feeling really bad and it is a conversation we will pick up with him when he arrives. It is a really tangible example of the dangers of social media.”

The situation echoes that of Blaine Boekhorst, who made social media posts last year, blasting Carlton and then-coach Mick Malthouse, calling for him to be sacked. Boekhorst was subsequently drafted by the Blues a short time afterwards, forcing Boekhorst to backpedal on his awkward faux pas, and reportedly earning him the moniker “Tweet” at the club.

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