“This all stems from, by the way, former president Glen Bartlett, who’s feeding the media with stuff he needs them to hear,” Bernie alleged.
“He didn’t want Goody at the club leading into the 2021 season, which ended up being a premiership season for Melbourne and Simon Goodwin obviously… basically he was trying to set up a situation that would see Simon Goodwin finish up at the club.”
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Melbourne have been facing questions about their culture off the back of two consecutive straight sets finals exits and player behavioural issues including a drunken fight at a Melbourne restaurant last year, Joel Smith testing positive for cocaine this year, and Clayton Oliver’s personal issues.
CEO Gary Pert and Goodwin himself spoke at length about the club’s culture and future on SEN radio on Tuesday, with Goodwin directly addressing the illicit drug rumours.
“Never (have I used illicit drugs), and I’ve said this over a three-year period now, and it’s pretty ordinary that I’m sitting in this position having to justify that situation,” he said.
“It’s been widely accused that I’ve got a behavioural (problem) and lifestyle that’s not acceptable. Do I enjoy having a beer and a punt? And a glass of wine with mates?
“Yeah, of course I do, I’m a pretty straightforward type of guy.
“It’s got way out of control from a boardroom battle into court documents, into public rehashing, rehashing of a story over and over again to the extent that it’s become a fact.”