West Coast Eagles nightclub incident, Trevor Nisbett, CEO, players involved, what happened, Covid protocols, squad issues, consequences

Furious West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett is “disgusted” by reports there were more than two Eagles at a popular Perth venue last weekend, after players were specifically told to avoid nightclubs on their days off.

It’s been revealed Jackson Nelson and Josh Rotham weren’t alone partying at the Hip-E club in Leederville just 24 hours after the 109-point loss to Richmond, with Jake Waterman photographed and young duo Rhett Bazzo and Campbell Chesser named by 9 News as players also involved.

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With a squad already ravaged by injury and absences due to Covid protocols, the last thing the Eagles could afford was more players being ruled out.

But Nelson was one of eight changes made to the team to face Brisbane after being sidelined by the AFL’s Covid protocols.

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West Coach Adam Simpson — also absent due to Covid protocols — spoke on Friday about the club’s disappointment in the players’ decision to party.

However, Nisbett fired up the blowtorch on the players concerned.

“I was disgusted, to tell you the truth,” Nisbett told ABC’s SportsTalk.


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West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett was “disgusted” at the decision of a handful of players to go to a nightclub. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)Source: AAP

“It is something you just don’t think is going to happen with all the education and the things we’ve been doing in the last two and a half years really.

“From a club perspective, we are still going through the investigation to find out why the players did this and the second part is to find out if there are any other players involved. And there are consequences for that.”

Since the squad is on its knees in terms of player availability, Nisbett conceded that suspending players in the immediate future was unlikely due to the “terrible situation” the club finds itself in.

However, the CEO remained dumbfounded at the players’ decision to visit a nightclub, believing there is “no explanation” that could justify it.

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“They know the circumstances we’re facing as a football club, and the circumstances that they’ve put us in with going out on an eight-day break,” Nisbett said.

“They can make as many excuses as they like – but it is just not good enough for elite athletes to do that under these circumstances.

“Our players were given specific instructions not to be at nightclubs. There is no excuse.

“There is no explanation that can explain that away, albeit they may say lots of things and reasons why – there is no excuse given they were given specific instructions and guidelines.”

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