ESSENDON defender Mark Baguely has strenuously denied sledging Carlton AFL opponent Jed Lamb about his dead father.
Baguley says he’s disappointed by inaccurate media reporting on Tuesday, claiming he had made comments to Lamb about his father during Saturday’s game.
Lamb’s father Colin was killed in an axe attack in 1999 when the Blues’ player was aged just six.
Baguley and Lamb were involved in an altercation at three quarter-time of the MCG game which sparked a melee between players of both teams.
But the Bomber denies making any comment about Lamb’s dad.
“I would like to be extremely clear I was unaware Jed’s father had passed away, nor was it the subject of my comment directed towards Jed,” Baguley said in a statement released on Tuesday by Essendon.
“I was responding to Jed who had made an offensive remark about my physical appearance – something he has done in previous games.
“Jed and I resolved the matter after the match and we shook hands.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the reporting of this story, as it is not a true reflection of the events that took place on the field.”
The pair’s altercation drew in Carlton coach Brendon Bolton, who directed an expletive in Baguley’s direction as he came onto the ground to deliver his three quarter-time address.
Lamb has been fined $1500 by the AFL after being charged with misconduct against Baguley during the ensuing melee.
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