SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09: Lance Franklin of the Swans talks to Shane Mumford of the Giants after kicking a goal during the round three AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 9, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Mumford likely to escape sanction for mental health sledge towards Lance Franklin

GWS ruckman Shane Mumford allegedly sledged Lance Franklin about his mental health during the Giants win over the Swans on Saturday afternoon, once again bringing to light the issue of mental health in sport and what is off limits on the sporting field.

Mumford allegedly said to Franklin, it is “good to see you’re not on holidays this year”, making reference to the Sydney star’s leave of absence during the finals series last year as he dealt with mental health issues.

The Herald Sun reports that Mumford has admitted to the Giants that he sledged Franklin with words to that effect during the match.

However, it is understood that the AFL is unlikely to sanction Mumford, with no official complaint being lodged by the Swans.

Neither Sydney nor the Giants have made a comment regarding the incident.


  1. What a pile of unadulterated bullshit… If what he said is considered a “mental health sledge” then the AFL has totally lost the plot. This PC bullshit by the AFL and shoving it down the throats of the very people it relies on for support is turning people off AFL.. Here’s a good idea, how about they just play footy and allow us to watch the game without this pathetic social engineering being conducted by the lefties in control of the AFL.

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