Don Scott has explained the reasons why he bypassed the opportunity to be presented with Legend status at Hawthorn.
A recommendation was made by the club’s Hall of Fame committee to present the award to Scott at the life members’ dinner but president Jeff Kennett insisted it would only be awarded at the annual general meeting (AGM).
Scott opted against showing up to the AGM on Tuesday night, indicating that he isn’t a huge fan of individual awards, particularly when forced to accept.
“When his Lordship Jeffrey was asked by Alan Martello – the chairman of the Hall of Fame committee – he was told, ‘well, if he wants this award he’ll have to turn up, otherwise we will not be giving it’,” he said on Sportsday.
“So I decided I don’t want the award.
“There’s nothing more to it, I was talked into it, I didn’t feel comfortable accepting it in the first place. I really don’t believe in these types of accolades.”
Hawthorn’s eight other Legends have all been awarded at various functions other than the annual general meeting which further prompted Scott’s no-show.
The two-time premiership captain and three-time flag winner said no reason was provided as to why the accolade would not be represented at the life members’ dinner.
“There was no explanation,” he said further.
“The letter was written by Jeff Kennett, signed by Jeff Kennett and he was asked why when the recommendation was put to him and he just wouldn’t budge.”