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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Brown responds to Goddard diving accusations


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North Melbourne forward Ben Brown has responded to claims from former Bombers great Brendon Goddard that he was diving in an attempt to win free kicks against Adelaide on Saturday.

Brown came under scrutiny following round 4 for what Goddard perceived as a deliberate and cheap attempt to win free kicks by diving in aerial contests with Crows star Reilly O'Brien.

Speaking on Nine’s AFL Footy Show, Brown refuted those suggestions and insisted he has never conceived of diving once throughout his career.

 “I suppose you try not let those kinds of things effect you too much,” Brown said.

Brown responds to diving claims

“Early on[in your career] something like that does strike a bit of a nerve but I think I’m dealing alright with it.

“People are going to make comments on the game, it’s part of what makes our game great, is that we get fans involved in discussions, commentators involved. You never want to take away people’s right to have an opinion.”

Asked whether he thought he “flopped or staged” Brown quickly responded: “No, to be honest with you I’ve never thought in my life about going into a contest and going ‘oh, I’m going to milk this for all it’s worth’.

“I went in probably on the weekend with a bit of a plan in that situation that Reilly O’Brien is a pretty big bloke, I didn’t think I’d stand much of a chance if I was going to wrestle him one on one. So I thought I’d jump at it, got the push.”

Ben Brown

AFL great Brendan Fevola backed Brown, pointing out O’Brien caught the Kangaroo at the right point of his jump to throw him off balance.

“It wasn’t too bad, he just got you at the perfect spot while you were jumping. You’re a forward, forwards don’t get free kicks, milk them for whatever you want,” Fevola joked.

Brown also revealed that he had been seeing a sports psychologist to help him deal with the mood swings he experiences after losses.

It reached tipping point when his wife insisted he make a change.

“I’ve been talking to the club psychologist about it because my wife after games would say ‘you have to work on this because you’re inconsolable after losses’,” he revealed.

“It was getting to the point where it was something I actually needed to work on.”

North Melbourne forward Ben Brown has responded to claims from former Bombers great Brendon Goddard that he was diving in an attempt to win free kicks against Adelaide on Saturday.

Brown came under scrutiny following round 4 for what Goddard perceived as a deliberate and cheap attempt to win free kicks by diving in aerial contests with Crows star Reilly O'Brien.

Speaking on Nine’s AFL Footy Show, Brown refuted those suggestions and insisted he has never conceived of diving once throughout his career.

 “I suppose you try not let those kinds of things effect you too much,” Brown said.

Brown responds to diving claims

“Early on[in your career] something like that does strike a bit of a nerve but I think I’m dealing alright with it.

“People are going to make comments on the game, it’s part of what makes our game great, is that we get fans involved in discussions, commentators involved. You never want to take away people’s right to have an opinion.”

Asked whether he thought he “flopped or staged” Brown quickly responded: “No, to be honest with you I’ve never thought in my life about going into a contest and going ‘oh, I’m going to milk this for all it’s worth’.

“I went in probably on the weekend with a bit of a plan in that situation that Reilly O’Brien is a pretty big bloke, I didn’t think I’d stand much of a chance if I was going to wrestle him one on one. So I thought I’d jump at it, got the push.”

Ben Brown

AFL great Brendan Fevola backed Brown, pointing out O’Brien caught the Kangaroo at the right point of his jump to throw him off balance.

“It wasn’t too bad, he just got you at the perfect spot while you were jumping. You’re a forward, forwards don’t get free kicks, milk them for whatever you want,” Fevola joked.

Brown also revealed that he had been seeing a sports psychologist to help him deal with the mood swings he experiences after losses.

It reached tipping point when his wife insisted he make a change.

“I’ve been talking to the club psychologist about it because my wife after games would say ‘you have to work on this because you’re inconsolable after losses’,” he revealed.

“It was getting to the point where it was something I actually needed to work on.”

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