Halt the hysteria, Tex Walker was just being honest

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    If entertainment was the purpose of the AFL trade period, the line that it should be far, far shorter might hold. Because with the current, 11-day window, desperate journalists are forced to rehash the same tired stories over and over.

    AFL Trade Radio replayed Tex Walker’s Tuesday morning interview with Triple M almost hourly this week, as though we might hear something new each time.

    “I give full credit to Jake because he rocked up every day,” Walker said. “He bought into our program, he trained hard, he set high standards. That’s all I can ask of a player. Right to the end, he gave us all he had.

    “I didn’t have a crack at him, I was pretty honest because I don’t like people leaving our footy club.”

    Sounded like the same message all day to me, yet some only heard Tex’s other quote:

    “It was pretty much to do with money. He said he had decided to leave the footy club and I said, ‘mate if that’s the decision you want to make two days out from losing a grand final, I think our footy club is going in the right direction’. I pretty much said to him he’s choosing money over success.”

    Walker earns far less at the Crows than he would on the open market. Set to become a free agent in 2018, in June he extended his contract until the end of 2021, again for well under his market value.

    The Age quoted him saying four years ago, “I’m not a big fan of free agency. I think it takes a lot of loyalty out of the game.”

    Despite personally walking the talk, Tex woke on Wednesday morning to reports he was a hypocrite, a goose and a buffoon who maybe shouldn’t be captain.

    But let’s reflect on what happened. Walker was asked to share what he’d said to Lever over the phone when informed the latter wanted to leave. In answering that question, the skipper aired his views on Lever’s motives. It is fair to question Walker’s judgement in being so forthright, yet no one could doubt that he was expressing his heartfelt opinion.

    It is irrelevant how Jimmy Bartel chooses to define ‘success’, what matters to Walker is that his team are on a premiership journey. If it takes financial sacrifice to get there, he believes in making that sacrifice. Given this deeply held faith, Walker can only see Lever’s departure as choosing money over success.

    That Melbourne may win a premiership before the Crows is not the point – Walker believes they won’t and, feeling as he does, expressing his view on the matter is not buffoonery, it’s honesty.

    He did not say anything to the media that he had not said directly to Lever himself, he did not ask more of Lever than he gave of himself, and he did not say anything he did not believe to be true.

    That said, Walker is a goose – for trusting the footy media to handle his forthrightness without hysteria.

    Would we get such overreaction if we did not have so many AFL commentators on high alert, with Trade Radio broadcasting from dawn to dusk, along with the major sports radio shows, despite very little visible progress each day?

    Glaciers move quicker and even the Socceroos look exciting compared wall-to-wall coverage of a trade-free trade day. Unsurprisingly, the news vacuum gets filled with opinion, conjecture, click bait and fake news released to sway trade debate.

    Wouldn’t it be better to knock it off in three days?

    Imagine the excitement, every day chock-a-block with trades! And if this were the main game and the AFL rules committee got their hands on it, no doubt we’d see a tighter schedule.

    However, as much as we try and turn this into compulsory viewing, listening and reading, and as obsessed as fans are by the outcomes, the purpose of trade period remains to facilitate the transfer of players from clubs they don’t want to be at to ones they do, and from clubs that don’t need them to ones that do.

    The stakes are high, affecting careers and livelihoods, families’ welfare, and teams’ competitiveness.

    Trades involve contracts, medical testing, negotiations between 18 clubs spread over five states, countless players – many overseas – and their managers. Inconvenient and boring as this may be for press and fans alike, this takes time.

    Should we really rush it for our own entertainment to the detriment of the process itself and the purpose it serves?

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    • October 14th 2017 @ 8:38am
      Tom said | October 14th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

      So long as this club behaves like a Scientology branch, they cannot expect to retain or attract the best. You’re dealing with people who have, or want to have, lives outside of the cult. Maybe Lever did leave for money – so what – you don’t own him. Then throw money at Motlop and he chooses less of that for a better environment across town.

      • Roar Rookie

        October 14th 2017 @ 10:29am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

        Did they throw money at Motlop? Did the Port biased Adelaide media suggest that?

        • October 14th 2017 @ 2:18pm
          fairsuckofthesav said | October 14th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

          Kanes Cornes and Michelangelo Rucci both Port aligned journos in Adelaide started the false rumour about the Crows throwing money at Motlop and then implied it was hypocritical they hadn’t thrown more at Lever. Turns out Crows at the time had made NO financial offer to Motlop. Trouble is fake news gets repeated enough people believe it to be true.Thankyou Joseph Goebbels ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’

          • October 14th 2017 @ 10:51pm
            Col in paradise said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

            I thought that quote was from Abbott not Goebbels ?

            • October 15th 2017 @ 8:18am
              Fairsuckofthesav said | October 15th 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

              He he Col was it Abbott, Sco-Mo, Potato head or Mal?

      • October 14th 2017 @ 12:49pm
        Craig Delaney said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

        Motlop already has friends at Alberton. Word is that was a big part of his decision.

      • October 14th 2017 @ 6:04pm
        Gyfox said | October 14th 2017 @ 6:04pm | ! Report

        Cows a Scientology branch……..love that, Tom!

        • Roar Guru

          October 16th 2017 @ 10:44am
          Paul D said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

          Yeah that cracked me up too. Spot on

    • October 14th 2017 @ 8:55am
      Gus Farnsworth said | October 14th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      Why can’t Adelaide retain its key players and why can’t they attract players from other clubs?
      Is it time for them to concentrate on drafting South Australians?

    • Roar Guru

      October 14th 2017 @ 9:35am
      Cat said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      This is where he is wrong.

      I pretty much said to him he’s choosing money over success.

      What success would that be Tex?

      • October 14th 2017 @ 9:42am
        Brian said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        What’s wrong with that? Tex is a professional afl player working towards a goal. Is he not allowed to tell a colleague leaving that a duck is a duck.

        • Roar Guru

          October 14th 2017 @ 10:07am
          Cat said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

          I’ll ask again, what success has Tex had? What success has Adelaide had? Tex is either insinuating that the club has already been successful (it hasn’t) or that its guaranteed to be shortly (it isn’t).

          • October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am
            Mattician6x6 said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

            Maybe getting pantsed in a gf by reportedly the worse premiership team of all time is what constitutes for success at the crows.

          • October 14th 2017 @ 12:19pm
            Basil said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

            After making the GF, you’d assume that they are on extremely close to the ultimate success. That’s what Tex is saying.

            • Roar Guru

              October 14th 2017 @ 1:44pm
              Cat said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

              Sounds like Tex is getting ahead of himself. No guarantee they make it again, let alone win it. Ask WCE or Freo how hard that next step is. Even last years premiers couldn’t even make finals.

            • October 16th 2017 @ 1:34pm
              Kelly Andrews said | October 16th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

              If Tex, or Adelaide, assume they are extremely close to the ultimate success then I’d say they have zero chance of actually achieving it. They are nothing more than one of many clubs in contention and when round 1 comes around in 2018 the fact they made the GF in 2017 means nothing. They will be as close to the ultimate success as half a dozen other clubs.

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                October 17th 2017 @ 9:38am
                Pedro The Fisherman said | October 17th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

                Pretty sure all of those half a dozen other clubs think that they are extremely close to the ultimate success. Just another Adelaide beat up on a slow news period!

          • October 14th 2017 @ 12:53pm
            Craig Delaney said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

            Ask Brisbane if they’d have liked the ‘success’ of playing in the GF. Please don’t come back with the tripe that only winning a GF is success.

            • Roar Guru

              October 14th 2017 @ 1:38pm
              Cat said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

              What makes you think Melbourne cn’t also play finals with Lever? If finals is all that is necessary for ‘success’ than Lever isn’t going to do any worse.

              • October 14th 2017 @ 5:41pm
                Craig Delaney said | October 14th 2017 @ 5:41pm | ! Report

                I’m almost certain they will. But the question seemed to be that Tex had tasted no success.

              • Roar Guru

                October 15th 2017 @ 1:03pm
                Cat said | October 15th 2017 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

                However you wish to measure success, Tex’s statement is factually wrong and comes down to nothing more than a sook and cry.

              • October 15th 2017 @ 7:07pm
                Craig Delaney said | October 15th 2017 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

                Of course Tex is upset. Sook? That’s judgemental claptrap showing very little understanding or compassion. Tex is wrong about success in this context, but try to understand him. I don’t know how old you are, Cat, but this is a young man learning about emotional life.

          • October 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm
            Johnno said | October 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

            Cat…….Hawthorn, Geelong got success because their key players went without big pay rises, they stayed together because they had something special and they got success.

            The problem here is that journalists write stories based on their preferred team…it’s biased, and the Victorians lead the way unfortunately. We have a national competition with national media, footy shows, AFL management not reporting on the whole national competition.

            So I agree with Graham Cornes article…..if it was Hodge or Selwood they would have a positive view of what Tex said.

            Great stuff Tex, great leadership, great support of your club & your teammates.

            • Roar Guru

              October 15th 2017 @ 1:06pm
              Cat said | October 15th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

              Funny but both of the clubs mentioned lost far bigger and more important players, and both lost them in far more contentious circumstances (uneven salary cap for expansion and COLA) yet neither captain came out and rubbished the departing player. Hawthorn and Geelong both have never been anything but thankful and gracious to departing players.

              • October 16th 2017 @ 9:16am
                AD said | October 16th 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

                Those would be players who left AFTER winning a flag for their old club, right?

        • October 15th 2017 @ 1:05pm
          David C said | October 15th 2017 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

          I am going to laugh so much if Melbourne finish above Adelaide next year.

          • Roar Rookie

            October 17th 2017 @ 9:40am
            Pedro The Fisherman said | October 17th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

            Hopefully you don’t have to wait too many years for a good laugh. Life can be sad…

      • October 16th 2017 @ 3:07pm
        GJ said | October 16th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

        Any thoughts?

        Motlop: I really want to win a premiership, and my decision to go to @PAFC was based on that#NABTradeRadio

    • October 14th 2017 @ 9:37am
      truetigerfan said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      Goose? Mmmmmmmmm, nah. Bogan of the highest order!

      • October 14th 2017 @ 11:35am
        Fairsuckofthesav said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Bogan meets Vogue and you have Bogue. Think Tex and Dusty would both qualify for that.

    • October 14th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Mattician6x6 said | October 14th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Hearsay is hearsay not honesty everyone, I have yet to hear anything from lever to contradict what is said so must assume he has extremely good influence in his life on how to behave like an adult. When apparently grown adults isolate a 21 year old to project their comical machismo, sooky lala upon is it really a surprise Adelaide have trouble retaining talent?
      Now I wait to be called a sheep, troll or cop passive aggressive replies but some crow fans need to stop leading with your chin if your jaw is glass.

      • October 14th 2017 @ 11:46am
        Mattician6x6 said | October 14th 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report

        I’ll add keyboard warrior to my litany of crimes.

        • October 14th 2017 @ 12:26pm
          Basil said | October 14th 2017 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

          Actually most of the name calling comes from your posts.

      • October 16th 2017 @ 10:12am
        AD said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        You haven’t heard anything from Lever because he’s had his dad and his manager doing his talking for him.

        Also, handy tip for you – you kind of undermine yourself when you question the maturity of others, while simultaneously using the phrase “sooky lala”.

        • October 16th 2017 @ 10:33am
          Mattician6x6 said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          OK AD I will rephrase for your delicate sensibilities, Adelaide and members of its fanbase gave been acting in a overtly emotional and sulking manner that is as unbecoming on adults as it is on children going through the maturation stage colloquially known as the terrible twos. I hope that clarifies in a more seemly manner for you all.

          • October 16th 2017 @ 10:33am
            Mattician6x6 said | October 16th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

            *have been*

    • Roar Rookie

      October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am
      Pedro The Fisherman said | October 14th 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      None of you guys read the actual quotes above then?
      Ta;k about a bunch of bogan sooks!

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