If Ryan Crowley was expecting a warm welcome after being announced as Essendon's first pick in the wake of the club's doping scandal, he should log out of Twitter.
News that the former Fremantle player will play for the Bombers this season has prompted mixed reactions on social media.
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Former Fremantle Docker Ryan Crowley signs with the Essendon Bombers. Vision: Bomber TV
While some congratulated the midfielder, others were quick to point out that the 31-year-old has also copped a suspension for taking a banned drug.
One of the first to chime in was former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority boss Richard Ings, who said on Twitter:
"Coming right out of a doping ban, Ryan Crowley signed by EFC as replacement for one of 12 banned for doping offenses. I do give up."
Crowley was given a 12-month backdated suspension after testing positive to a banned drug in 2014. He said he had taken the banned substance methadone inadvertently for medical reasons.
Others who took a dim view on Essendon's first choice of top-up player after 12 Essendon footballers, including captain Jobe Watson, were banned last week, could not resist pointing out the irony.
"Ryan Crowley will be offered a spot at Essendon if he passes a medical this week. I don't need to add anything anymore," one user said.
"Ryan Crowley a good signing by Essendon. But you couldn't pack more irony into this story if you tried. Ahmed Saad next up?" said another.
Some people defended the footballer, saying he had "done the time", and many Essendon supporters wished him luck and welcomed him to the team.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport's banning of 34 past and present Essendon footballers opened up 12 spots on the club's playing list this season.
Former St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad, who was given an 18-month ban after taking a banned drug, has also declared an interest in joining the Bombers this year.
"It would be a great opportunity for players like me who just got out of the system but also for players that haven't had the opportunity yet to play AFL footy and have been on the cusp of getting drafted," he said last week.
Crowley, who will begin training with his new team on Wednesday, played 188 games for the Dockers, including the 2013 grand final.
Coming right out of a doping ban, Ryan Crowley signed by EFC as replacement for one of 12 banned for doping offenses. I do give up.— Richard Ings (@ringsau) January 19, 2016
Gotta love it! 1 of the most disliked players in the AFL,just signs on at the most hated club in the AFL.Welcome to the bombers Ryan Crowley— Sharona King (@Sharona555) January 19, 2016
"It's a great club" - Ryan Crowley I'll just leave you with that tonight. Try not to laugh, I know it's hard.— Lance Claxton (@LCBlues95) January 19, 2016
For those potting Ryan Crowley. Take it easy. He has done the crime and done the time. It wasn't a lifetime ban.— Ronny Lerner (@RonnyLerner) January 19, 2016
Ryan Crowley to add some much needed toughness to how Essendon shakes hands pic.twitter.com/lEIa1v5Pxx— Tom Cowie (@tom_cowie) January 19, 2016