Earlier in the week, AFL commentator Basil Zempilas questioned the Eagles’ club culture to West Coast coach Adam Simpson.
“I don’t know why (he did it), I think it was grossly out of character and something that Andrew is very disappointed in,” Simpson said on Monday night.
“There’s been a lot of speculation, innuendo and a bit of trial by media but we need to own it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
That’s when the interview took a turn and things got a little heated.
BZ: “You’ve heard it said that there are cultural issues at West Coast, what do you say to that?”
AS: “I haven’t heard that mate, so you can elaborate a little if you like.”
BZ: “Well it’s been written about and it’s been said. It was said after the incident with the camera operator at the airport after Nic Naitanui’s arrival.
BZ: “Is there a cultural issue at the club?”
AS: “I don’t think there’s a cultural issue at the football club.”
BZ: “An arrogance issue perhaps?”
AS: “Arrogance issue?”
BZ: “Well an arrogance in that a player-*Simpson cuts him off*
AS: “I don’t know what that’s got to do with Andrew Gaff getting reported to the tribunal.”
BZ: “I guess what I’m saying is, is there a perception at the club that players can do what they want to do?”
AS: “I think you’re getting caught up in the media storm, mate, so I think we’ll leave it at that.”