Carlton today announced the sacking of defender Josh Bootsma, after a series of misdemeanours off the field.
It was announced that Bootsma, 21, had been let go by the Blues, with off-field discretions including inappropriate misuse of social media cited as reasons for his sacking.
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said the club had no choice but to part ways with Bootsma, who McKay said “had lost the trust of the playing group”.
“[Bootsma] was endeavouring to gain that trust back over the last few months but this final act has obviously not enabled him to do that,” McKay said.
Carlton was informed of the disappointing social media use yesterday. McKay said that they had been in touch with the AFL and AFLPA and they had thought out the decision.
McKay said that the incident which came to the club’s knowledge in the past 24 hours was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, and that it was one of a number of incidents which influenced the decision.
“There were various things – things like getting to training late and missing appointments – that lost the trust of the playing group,” McKay said.
“It was a very difficult decision for us…we’re dealing with a young man and his livelihood.”
McKay said the lazy acts had been going on for a year, and the club had offered help on several occasions.
The latest incident which resulted in the former first round draft pick’s sacking was described as “highly inappropriate and not meeting the standards of the football club”.
The decision was made this morning to let Bootsma go. It was Carlton’s third departure already in 2014, following the retirements of Nick Duigan and Heath Scotland.
McKay said that the club would come to an agreement with Bootsma regarding the remainder of his contract, and would continue to support Bootsma in life outside football.
“We will provide Josh with ongoing support for as long as he needs it,” McKay said.
It was denied by McKay that the football club has a social media problem, but he also stated that this served as a reminder to the playing group to be wary when on social media.
Rumours he had a falling out with coach Mick Malthouse had circulated well before the sacking.
Questions regarding an attitude problem had been raised previously, which McKay said had been going for the past 12 months and hadn’t been rectified in an appropriate manner.