SEN Western Australian correspondent Tim Gossage believes Nic Naitanui shouldn’t be suspended and the delayed concussion suffered by Karl Amon shouldn’t be taken into consideration.
Naitanui was given a one match suspension for his driving tackle on Port Adelaide’s Amon with West Coast set to appeal the sanction tonight.
Gossage said the aggressive nature of tackling could be at risk.
“If there’s a concussion then it’s not good but the bottom line is Karl Amon came back on and played,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“Everyone said there was a delayed concussion, well so be it.
“I don’t think his head was driven into the ground, the still shot doesn’t look as good as the actual motion of the tackle.
“I just reckon he tackled like a mean big fella and that’s what he is, Nic Naitanui. You go to the Auskick and you see kids tackling the tackle bag; smashing into and dropping their shoulder in it.
“Then you hear them say if you choose not to tackle and you bump you pay the consequences. We’re going to run blokes like Nic Naitanui out of the game if he can’t tackle.
“Yes he’s big and yes he’s strong but Amon contributed by moving in the same direction. There were so many mitigating circumstances.
“Do I think he deserves a week, no. Am I leaning towards him getting a week, yes.”
The AFL Nation commentator was also critical of Match Review Officer Michal Christian for commenting on the case after handing down his verdict.
“I don’t think he (Christian) should be making comment on anything once he’s given the verdict to be honest,” Gossage said.
“He is the executioner of such. I love it that he speaks and I think he doing a pretty good job and I think it’s a difficult job.
“But I believe once he has given his verdict and the reasons why, there shouldn’t be any great public comment.”
Listen to Tim Gossage’s staunch defence of Nic Naitanui in the player below: