Brayshaw sledge in bad taste: Gaff

Andrew Gaff and Andrew Brayshaw made amends during pre-season. Photo: Getty
Andrew Gaff and Andrew Brayshaw made amends during pre-season. Photo: Getty

WEST Coast wingman Andrew Gaff has apologised on behalf of the AFL club to Andrew Brayshaw, saying a teammate’s sledge making light of the Docker’s broken jaw was in poor taste.

West Coast uploaded a video of Gaff taking a birthday shot at goal – in which he had to spin around 10 times before attempting to nail the shot.

The video shows Eagles players doing their best to put Gaff off the kick by throwing footballs at him and yelling out various things.

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One player twice yells out the name “Andrew Brayshaw”.

The sledge was in reference to an incident last year when Gaff broke Brayshaw’s jaw and shattered several teeth with an off-the-ball punch.

Gaff ended up missing West Coast’s premiership through suspension, while Brayshaw was ruled out of the remainder of the season and still requires dental work.

Andrew Brayshaw’s jaw was broken was Gaff’s punch. Photo: Getty

The pair made their peace in the weeks after the incident, meeting socially and sharing a handshake before a pre-season game this year.

But Dockers coach Ross Lyon expressed his disappointment on Tuesday night after being made aware of the video in which Brayshaw’s name was used as a jibe.

Gaff also wasn’t happy.

“It’s disappointing,” Gaff told Perth radio station Mix 94.5 on Wednesday.

“I didn’t know about it until I got the call at 5.30 last night.

“I didn’t hear it (at the time). It’s disappointing no doubt. It’s poor taste. It’s disrespectful to Andrew more than it is to me.

“I’ll have a chat to, if we know who it is, at training today. We want to apologise as a club for that.

“It shouldn’t have happened.”

Meanwhile, Lyon said Nathan Wilson had been cleared by the Dockers of any wrongdoing after being on the receiving end of a party brawl after last Saturday’s win over Port Adelaide.

Wilson required two stitches to a gash above his eye but isn’t in doubt to face Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday.

Police are investigating the incident.

“It’s disappointing, a family barbecue, a 21st,” Lyon said.

“We saw in Victoria a leading policeman walking across an oval and assaulted, so there’s violence in the community.

“You don’t need much to go wrong to be on the end of it, so it’s disappointing it happened to Nathan and thank God he’s OK.”

In better news for Fremantle, ruckman Rory Lobb is expected to return in about four weeks after his foot injury was not as serious than first thought.

The Dockers initially feared Lobb would miss the remainder of the season with what looked to be a stress fracture.

But subsequent tests have shown that it’s actually an impact injury.