Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett has no regrets over manhandling young teammate Rory Thompson, saying he'd use the tactic again in a bid to inspire the battlers.
Ablett came under fire by the likes of former Geelong teammate Cameron Mooney for grabbing ruckman Thompson's guernsey to make a point during last round's loss to Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.
Ablett said on Wednesday he was surprised by the backlash created by the incident but was making no apologies ahead of Sunday's MCG clash with Collingwood.
"First of all it has surprised me that it has turned into such a big issue," he said.
"I would have challenged guys like that two to three hundred times in my career.
"I see it as my role as captain to challenge the boys. I wanted to make sure we won that tap out and to fire the boys up.
"I didn't think there was an issue and Rory can't remember the incident.
"I am not sorry for what I did."
Ablett and Thompson have made light of the moment on Twitter.
Ablett posted a picture of the ruckman threatening to punch the Suns skipper with the tag "must be a slow news week".