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Geelong urges Eddie McGuire to hold his tongue on other clubs’ issues

“I just don’t think club presidents comment on other clubs’ issues. We don’t comment when Collingwood has issues with their players or when Eddie makes comments that he gets into trouble with on TV. We are respectful of that and we would expect that to be reciprocated,” Carter said.

“I just don’t think it is appropriate and if we did that to each other all the time we would look [like] a jungle so we all should be bound by the same [agreement], particularly a thing like this which is so early and under investigation.”

However McGuire said he was entitled to discuss in his media role the decision to hold a media conference when the Cats weren’t able to shed further light on the issue.

“I don’t have any great desire to know what has happened to Jack. I hope he is well and I hope everything is well but if you call a press conference and again answer questions about what is going on you can’t have a crack at people for trying to join the dots,” McGuire said.

McGuire said if Scott was going to speak to the media on Thursday he should have been able to provide details about what happened.

Scott told reporters that Steven’s privacy should be respected and the only reason the Cats needed information about the stabbing was so they could support their recruit and look after his wellbeing.

“I think it’s wrong that some people have jumped the gun and said that this is an AFL integrity matter and somehow Jack has a case to answer before he’s allowed to play footy again. That’s assuming the worst in people,” Scott said.

The Cats president was disappointed that McGuire chose to respond to that comment on breakfast radio when he suggested the Cats’ coach should have told the public what happened.

“There’s an easy solution, Scotty – tell us what the hell happened and then we don’t have to jump the gun,’’ McGuire said.

Geelong and the AFL are waiting for the police investigation to conclude before making their own enquiries to establish the facts surrounding Steven being admitted to hospital at 1am on Sunday seeking treatment for a stab wound.

Scott said on Thursday that Steven was “the victim of something quite serious” and told everyone to be cautious in jumping to conclusions before the facts were known.

“My sense is that some feel Jack might have some sort of case to answer here. I haven’t seen or heard any information that would imply that,” Scott said.

“It is clear he was a victim of something quite serious that required hospitalisation. I think the priority should be his wellbeing and part of that is respecting his privacy as well.”

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