Euroa export Jamie Elliott has found support from a high-profile source in the wake of his arrest on Sunday morning.
The Collingwood livewire was taken into custody for urinating in a bin on Victoria St at about 4.50am after spending the previous day at the Flemington Racecourse for Victoria Derby Day. He was later released and whacked with a $634 fine.
Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown said on radio yesterday morning that the matter should not be taken further by the Magpies, and that the state in general had plenty of other more-pressing issues to worry about.
‘‘It’s a non-issue,’’ he told SEN Breakfast.
‘‘It’s not ideal, but he is having his off-season and he has done everything right in terms of the club. What frustrates me is you got the Apex gang running an absolute muck in this state, breaking into every jewellery store they can get their hands on and they get a slap on the wrist.
‘‘You have junkies shooting up 50m from primary schools, and they get moved on, they don’t even get locked up. Now we are talking about even facilitating them with an injection room. Yet, a bloke gets caught urinating, we have all done it, so you just need to move him on.
‘‘You say, son, get in a taxi and go home. You don’t even waste taxpayers’ money or police time and energy on bothering to arrest him or fine him. I mean, we can’t have urine everywhere, I get that, but society needs to start worrying about the big issues and these little minor things, don’t worry about it.
‘‘If I were the Collingwood media person, I wouldn’t even bother writing a press release. That’s how minor this is in the big scheme of things.’’
Elliott informed his club of the incident after it had occurred, but may face further sanctions or even a suspension.
The forward booted 34 goals in 17 games for the Magpies this season, leading the club’s goal-kicking for the second time after also achieving the feat in 2015.