Demons spread a lie Zorko sledged Harrison Petty's sister.
Hours after Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko insulted Demon Harrison Petty, there were rumors that he was talking about Petty's sister.
On Friday night, Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko insulted Demon Harrison Petty. Within hours, social media was full of rumors about what was said.
Some of the rumors involved Petty's mother, and another said that the Brisbane captain had talked about Petty's sister.
But when he talked on Monday, Christian Petracca, a star for Melbourne, set the record straight.
"It's been said that Zorko made fun of his sister, which is not true at all," Petracca told Jase and Lauren on KIIS 101.1.
"I don't want to say anything about what he actually said," Petracca said next.
"Both Zorko and we have put it to rest, so now the most important thing is to move on."
He said, "It's a shame, but what can you do?"
"It's very annoying. There is a break. Petty was in a lot of pain. He is fine now, but what was said was pretty honest and emotional, in my opinion. As a soccer team, we handled it very well."
Earlier, information about Zorko's sledge, which made Petty cry during Melbourne's win at the Gabba, was made public.
Mark Robinson of the Herald Sun said that Petty's mother was involved in the sledge.
Robinson wrote, "Dayne Zorko's insult to Harrison Petty was something like, 'I hope your mother dies.'"
He also said, "Zorko is the perfect example of white line fever. People say he's a nice guy off the field, but we've all seen how crazy competitive he gets on it.
He also said that it brings up a lot of questions, like why the AFL didn't charge Zorko, why the AFL Players' Association didn't condemn the comments, and who would even think to say something like that.
Robinson also thinks, "Zorko did a terrible job, and there's no way he'll be captain of the club next year."
Even though Zorko went up to Petty after the game and talked to him, he was criticized on social media for what he did.
On Friday night, the Lions are said to have apologized for what happened, and Petty just wanted to put the whole thing behind him.
In a statement from the Lions on Saturday, Zorko also said he was sorry.
"I told Harrison I was sorry for the rude thing I said to him on Friday night," Zorko said.
"I'm sorry for what I did and take full responsibility for how it hurt Harrison, his family, and the Melbourne Football Club. "Now that I've thought about it, I know I need to be a better leader, and I've told the Club this."
Alan Richardson, the general manager of football for Melbourne, also said that the AFL was involved, but that everyone was happy with how things were going.
"Yes, they are" (involved). "I've talked to the AFL, and from what I understand, they're pretty happy with how things are," Richardson said.
"I can't speak for them, but that's the tone I got from the fact that Dayne Zorko apologized and Harrison Petty is really happy with where it stands.
"As a soccer team, we're also happy with where it is now.
"They really meant it when they said they were sorry. That's not the kind of behavior they want from their players. Yesterday, they were really impressive in how seriously they took the problem."