Outspoken: TV star David Koch with co-host Samantha Armytage.
Port Adelaide president David Koch has joined AFL boss Andrew Demetriou in slamming Richmond for allowing promising talent Jake King to continue his friendship with bikie identity Toby Mitchell.
Koch said Port would have acted swiftly if it was faced with the same situation.
Magpie Scott Pendlebury doesn't give Richmond's Jake King any respite. Photo: Justin McManus
"We’d get rid of him, absolutely," he said on his Channel Seven Sunrise program on Friday morning.
"Simple as that. Our leadership group would tear him to shreds and say either you stop doing this or you’re not part of our group anymore simple as that."
Demetriou went on the attack on Thursday saying King "should seriously consider who he associates with and not put at risk the reputation of his club or put himself in a vulnerable position."
King brought the former Bandidos sergeant-at-arms into the Richmond dressing rooms last year and has since been seen with him in public. The Tigers asked King not to associate with Mitchell, and banned him from the club, but did not order King to not see him.
Hawthorn champion Dermott Brereton told SEN radio that Demetriou was within his right to demand action on King but could not enforce what essentially amounted to "a personal opinion".
"The image of the game is paramount to him. He must be seen to uphold the image of the game," Brereton said.
"He was never going to so anything else, but it is a personal opinion. There are no rules written anywhere saying that you’re not allowed to fraternise with somebody who is standing on the wrong side of the law (and) Toby Mitchell, has for whatever misdeamenours he’s had, has done his time and is actually a free man at this point in time."
Brereton said he had spent "a bit of time" with Mitchell because he dated a woman about 10 years ago who was "best friends with another girl who used to go out with" him. Brereton said neither his former club nor employer SEN told him what to do at the time.
He said the Tigers should approach Mitchell and explain that "knowing you comes with a little bit of a reputation and obviously baggage (so) please would you be very discreet when you meet with Jake King".
"(With) his background he would turnaround and say 'yep that’s a fair call'," Brereton said.
SEN commentator Kevin Bartlett started his program by saying that if the AFL felt King was bringing the game into disrepute it should de-register the feisty small forward. He asked why the AFL left it to Carlton to decide what to do when its president Richard Pratt faced massive white collar charges.
He also asked if Collingwood back pocket Marley Williams, convicted yesterday of grievous bodily harm, would be allowed to continue training and playing for the Magpies before being sentenced in April.
"What has he done wrong at the moment that makes him such a headline act?" Bartlett said of King.
The AFL Players Association said there should be no blanket rules covering who players can associated with, adding it should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
- with AAP