Essendon legend Tim Watson has blasted Port Adelaide president David Koch over his suggestion that the Bombers don’t deserve the No.1 draft pick should they finish last.
Koch said on Sunrise on Wednesday morning that “it does not seem right” for the Bombers to receive the top pick given they have had 12 of their players suspended due to the 2012 supplements saga.
But Watson hit back on SEN Radio this morning, labelling Koch’s comments as “thoughtless”.
“I think it’s opportunistic for somebody in a position like he holds to make a statement like that, even an off the cuff statement like that .. because there is a power associated with people that hold positions like he holds. There should be more thought given to what he says,” Watson said.
“Essendon has been penalised I think sufficiently for something that may or may not have taken place, the probability of the players being given a banned substance is 50-50.
“The fact then that they finish where they do this year is a result of the number of suspended players.
“The rules are what the rules are and Essendon deserves the number one pick if they finish last.
“The AFL have already penalised Essendon back (in) 2013. I don’t know that they need to keep penalising Essendon forever.
“The club has put its hand up and said it botched a supplement program, they’ve paid the penalty for that, they’re still paying the penalty for that. The AFL have imposed their penalty, which they’ve already served.”
Essendon is currently last on the ladder with one win from the opening 11 games and are $1.30 with TopSport to record the least number of wins this season.