Steven May has apologized for his scuffle with a Melbourne team-mate when the brutal sled that caused the incident was revealed.
Steven May has apologized after being given a one-match suspension by his own club after a “fight” with Melbourne team-mate Jake Melksham while drinking while under AFL’s concussion protocols.
The Demons released a statement Tuesday confirming: May and Melksham were engaged in some alternation on Sunday around 9pm after dinner at Melbourne’s Sirloin steak restaurant.
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The Herald Sun May told Melksham: “If you had played in the grandma (grand final) we would have lost.”
“It is alleged that Melksham subsequently ‘knocked down’ 190cm May with one blow in retaliation,” the report said.
Melksham was an emergency in last year’s Grand Final, taking Melbourne by 74 points over the Western Bulldogs.
Sirloin steak claims that May and Melksham broke the hall’s reception during the altercation.
The restaurant told foxfooty.com.au that the incident was “far from a scuffle” and targeted the Dees’ “weak apology” amounting to a “boys will boys” apology.
Previously, the venue posted on her Instagram story: “BUT NO OBLIGATION YET TO MY STAFF OR THE RESTAURANT…disgraceful effort @stevenmay @melbournefc.”
The page later shared a post that read “Thank you for your lukewarm apology which amounts to ‘boys will be boys’.”
In a video on the Melbourne club website, May apologized for his behaviour.
“Just hugely disappointed. I know that I have let a lot of people down, especially myself and the football club, through unusual actions,” he said.
“I have put in a lot of work to build respect and trust with the football club and I am disappointed that these actions do not reflect that.
“Just a stupid mistake, a gross error of judgment, unfortunately has consequences.”
May said “it’s all about actions and what I do in the future” and he “really” apologized to Demon fans.
The 30-year-old said that despite their altercation, there were no hard feelings between him and Melksham.
“We are really good friends, we have a lot of love for each other. Sometimes guys can get a little competitive with the chatter and go a little overboard,” May said.
“We certainly made an error of judgment at that time.
“It was certainly not our intention for all of this to come back to the football club.
“We’ve told our team-mates that we’re all fine – you shouldn’t feel like you have to pick sides or anything, because we’re still good friends. “It was just a stupid decision we made and we already regret it a lot.”
May will now miss the blockbuster Queen’s Birthday clash with Collingwood after accepting a suspension imposed by Melbourne’s leadership group.
After starting the season with 10 consecutive wins, the Demons have lost their last two games to Fremantle and Sydney.
Melbourne football boss Alan Richardson said, under club guidelines, May “shouldn’t have been drinking” at dinner while he was under the AFL’s concussion protocols.
May and Melksham will complete community service with one of the club’s partners so they “understand the responsibility and impact they have as role models within the community”.
Richardson said the club was deeply disappointed by the incident and that both players are “incredibly remorseful that things turned out the way they did”.
“Over the past three years, Steven has developed into one of our key leaders on the field, and while the impact of his not being available for selection is significant, what matters to us is our culture and the commitment we have. have to live by our values,” said Richardson.
“We are proud of the culture we have built over the years and while we are disappointed with Steven’s behaviour, we are returning to his character and will support him to ensure he is armed to make better decisions for themselves and the football club in the future.” †
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