Paul Roos has apologised on behalf of the club after ‘inappropriate’ dress ups on Mad Monday.
Melbourne Demons coach Paul Roos has apologised on behalf of the club after two players dressed up as disgraced TV personality Rolf Harris and a young girl during Mad Monday celebrations.
A photo posted on social media showed Dean Terlich dressed as Harris, while Alex Georgiou wore a pink dress with pigtails.
Harris was jailed for five years and nine months after being guilty on 12 charges of indecent assault involving four minors.
Roos said the players’ behaviour was completely unacceptable and that he had told the Terlich and Georgiou exactly how he felt about the incident.
“I find it hard to believe a couple of players could turn up like that and as a footy club…[we are] completely unhappy with their behaviour,” Roos said.
“It’s unacceptable and I unreservedly apologise to anyone that we have offended.”
Roos said he was disappointed and that the player know they did the wrong thing.
“The problem with days like yesterday is they just don’t think,” he added.
“There is no malice. There is just no thought process (that) goes into it and I think that is the worst part about it.
“The reality is they dressed up in that outfit. That is the thing that worries me. You can make as many excuses as you want to make excuses, and as I said I know they’re good guys, but the thought process to go in…I think there is no thought process and that is the concern.
“The education is ‘think about your actions before you actually do them, not after you do them, think about what other people are going to think about what you do’.
Roos said the club would determine the punishment in due course.