If you’re a regular Obstruction Rule reader, by this point you’d know our position on the supposed ‘controversy’ surrounding Blues players Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson choosing to go to the pub on their day off (to summarise: we think the whole thing’s ridiculous, and they should be left alone). Now, the general manager of the pub in question has come forward and categorically shot down the ‘story’ as a “complete exaggeration”.
According to WWOS, the general manager of the Lennox Point Hotel, Nick Waldheim, has said that rather than hook into a drunken bender, the pair actually met up with friends, had lunch, supported the local raffle, and had photographs with kids (how dare they!).
Asked about their behavior, Waldheim said they were “no drama at any point“.
“They were definitely not unruly,” Waldheim said. “To say it was an alcohol-fueled binge is a complete exaggeration.”
Waldheim’s version of events follows claims from career jibberer Ray Hadley that he had “information about what happened the next day in relation to the players’ behaviour that would suggest they came back from the hotel, 80 kms away from the team base, more than enebriated” (we chose not to run that story, partly because it’s none of our business what they got up to in the first place, and partly because we only refer to respectable sources. Make of that what you will).
Unsurprisingly, that particular version of events has now been shot down. Hopefully the mainstream media will now move on from their Dugan and Ferguson witch-hunt, and go back to judging the Blues based on what they put on the field.