Mitch Robinson has been fined $5000 and will miss 3-4 weeks of football after he was assaulted in an altercation. Photo: Pat Scala
Mitch Robinson lied to Carlton officials when asked how he had suffered a broken eye socket during a scuffle in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Robinson had told the club he sustained the injury during a boxing session, with the Blues only finding out later in the week that this was not the case.
“Mitch presented to the club on Monday with a sore eye and he went and had a scan,” said Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay on Friday.
“We asked him why and he said he had been sparring over the weekend.”
“That proved not to be the case.”
The 100-game Blue was fined $5000 and will miss 3-4 weeks of football after he was assaulted in a CBD altercation. Teammate Jeff Garlett was also involved in the incident and, while the small forward was slugged $2500 and was not considered for a senior recall as a result, he did not sustain any serious injuries. Neither player will face charges, with four men arrested for assault-related offences in relation to the matter.
Robinson was involved in a similar incident 18 months ago at the Big Day Out music festival, which resulted in him having to complete two months of community service and make a $1000 donation to charity.
McKay denied that any decisions had been made on the players’ future following the deception.
“We don’t want to discuss anyone’s future at the club,” he said.
“We have to keep in mind that in these particular circumstances they were the victims but they are guilty of putting themselves in that situation in the first place and certainly we are very disappointed that they weren’t completely truthful with us.”
“We are very disappointed that they were there in the first place, and very disappointed that it only came to light recently. Jeff and Mitch need to win the trust of the players back over the next three or four weeks.”
McKay suggested that coach Mick Malthouse’s feelings mirrored those of the club as a whole.
“Obviously Mick’s feeling that disappointment, and just the same as me, a bit frustrated about the whole ordeal.”
Robinson later apologised for his lack of honesty. The 25-year-old Tasmanian explained that he had only become involved when trying to defend Garlett.
"As it happened, I got involved to try and push the attackers away and during that I was king hit a couple of times,
Ot of contract at season's end, Robinson believed that his lie may prove costly when it comes to organising a new deal.
"Yeah definitely. The club's been fantastic for me for the six years I've been here, we're in negotiations so I'll get back to the club next week and we'll talk about that."
"What I can do now is put my best foot forward and win respect back."
Not helping Robinson's cause is the fact that he has been suspended on three separate occasions this year for on-field misdemeanours.