The Richmond Football club have released a statement addressing the nude photo scandal that has unfolded in recent days.
Victorian Police investigation
This morning it was revealed that Victoria Police would be investigating a nude photo scandal. These are photos of a nude woman wearing a 2017 premiership medallion that have been circulating across a number of different social media platforms.
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Richmond president Peggy O’Neal addressed the issue on the ABC’s Q and A on Monday night.
“I don’t have all the facts about that. But if it turns out that it is disrespectful to women, we certainly don’t stand for that, that’s not what our club’s about,” she said.
“And if someone has made a disrespectful and humiliating gesture, then of course it will be taken into account. That isn’t what we’re about. That isn’t what the AFL is about.”
“I think that our club has shown it’s for equality, it’s for inclusiveness and it wants to promote women. So, the fact that someone has made a terrible judgement and maybe has been disrespectful … I think that doesn’t say that’s what the club’s about or what sport’s about. And people make errors in judgement all the time.”
Richmond Football Club statement
Richmond sent out the following statement this afternoon.
“The Club is aware of a photo that has been circulating on social media.”
“As the matter is subject to a police investigation we will fully assist with their enquiries, should they be required.”
“At the Richmond Football Club we feel very strongly about the positive role of women at our Club and in sport generally. We are committed to creating an environment where women can thrive and we are dedicated to promoting attitudes and behaviours that are respectful and supportive of women.”
“As this is now a police matter it would be inappropriate for the Club to make any further comment at this time.”