“Dimma [Hardwick] sort of already addressed it this morning [in front of the playing group] and it is business as usual for us.
“I suppose it [the news of the split] does [take you by surprise]. You never predict something like this but these things happen in people’s lives and we just move on.
“It is obviously sad Dimma and Danielle’s marriage has come to an end because Dimma has obviously been a big part of our football club but the whole Hardwick family has been a massive support network for us and they’ll continue to be a support network as we will for them
“You never like to see something like a marriage break down and end but it happens in life and we move on and we continue to support the individuals.”
Riewoldt dismissed suggestions that the relationship between Hardwick and the staff member was a poor look from a gender equality standpoint, given Hardwick was in a much more senior position.
“I think that is a really long bow to draw. We feel we have been at the forefront of a lot of issues and women’s footy, we are extremely proud of our women’s footy program.”
Riewoldt also said the club would continue to support Sydney Stack, who has been released on bail in WA after he allegedly breached the state’s coronavirus laws.
“It is disappointing as a senior player when someone finds themselves in trouble,” Riewoldt said.
“We’re not going to give up on Sydney Stack. He is a young man that has got a lot of issues, he’s got a lot of potential, but most importantly now we put the football side of things to one side and we want to continue to grow him as a young man.
“He has got some fantastic traits and he unfortunately found himself in a situation which was [allegedly] against the law, and certainly the wrong thing to do.
“We are going to continue to turn him into a Richmond man.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.