Tim Watson says Jesse Hogan must take responsibility for his own actions after he was stood down for Fremantle’s Round 1 match against North Melbourne.
The forward missed a training session last Sunday due to “poor choices around alcohol consumption on Saturday evening” and will be given time to deal with his case of clinical anxiety.
That doesn’t mean the prized Dockers recruit should be excused for his misdemeanour on the eve of the new season, according to the Essendon great.
“If you know that you’ve been diagnosed with clinical anxiety … does it really excuse you from going out and doing what he did and then turning up the next day for training in an unfit state? I don’t think it does,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“It doesn’t give you a free card does it? You’ve still got to be responsible for your own actions.
“There’s been some extraordinary circumstances around his young life though too, in terms of his testicular cancer and the death of his father all in the space of two years. They’re big issues in any young person’s life.
“But, having said that, you still have to take responsibility for your actions, and to turn up the way that he did at training is just unacceptable.”
Melbourne great Garry Lyon described Hogan’s suspension as a “disaster” after the 23-year-old returned to Perth in one of the highest profile deals during last year’s trade period.
“Jesse Hogan has gone back home where he wanted to go, surrounded by his mates and he’s on, you would imagine, really good coin,” Lyon said.
“On the surface, you think everything is there for Jesse to be in the best space of all time … yet he’s gone and done this.
“It’s a vexed one and it’s a difficult, but any way you cut it up, it’s a disaster,”
Ross Lyon’s side host the Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on Sunday.