North Melbourne star Jaidyn Stephenson apologises for comments about COVID-19 pandemic

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
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North Melbourne star Jaidyn Stephenson has apologised for insensitive comments about the coronavirus pandemic just days after his career-best performance against West Coast on Monday.

In a video posted to social media, the 22-year-old said the COVID-19 crisis was a media beat-up following a new outbreak in Melbourne.

“Some people may not like this answer, but I think the media overplays it (COVID-19) a lot,” Stephenson said on Instagram.

“If there is no media then I don’t know if COVID is such a big thing.

“It is just my opinion, I don’t want any replies.”

Jaidyn Stephenson.
Camera IconJaidyn Stephenson. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Stephenson soon deleted the video and posted an apology for his comments.

“I apologise for my comments regarding the COVID situation,” he said.

“I understand they were ill-informed and that there are people going through hardship because of this pandemic.

“I’m sincerely sorry for any angst I’ve caused with my comments and endeavour to further educate myself on this topic.”

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Stephenson was traded from Collingwood at the end of last season and would have given the Pies a headache after a dominant 38-touch game against the Eagles.

But this incident will now be an unwelcome distraction for North Melbourne, says after David Noble clocked up his best win as coach at Optus Stadium.

They are expected to issue a statement later today regarding Stephenson’s comments.

Jaidyn Stephenson had a career-best performance against West Coast on Monday.
Camera IconJaidyn Stephenson had a career-best performance against West Coast on Monday. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than four million lives worldwide, including 912 Australians.

Two people have died in the current outbreak in Sydney, which has now spread to Melbourne.

There were 10 new cases recorded in Victoria yesterday, including a man that attended the Carlton v Geelong AFL clash on Saturday.

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