The chairman and chief executive of the Adelaide Crows has written an open letter to the club’s supporters, apologizing to former players Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins as they describe how the Crows are changing.
CEO Tim Silvers and chairman John Olson released a lengthy statement on Monday night detailing the gruesome details Betts, Jenkins and Bryce Gibbs shared publicly about the disastrous 2018 preseason camp.
Silvers and Olsen apologized to any member of the Ravens who had a “negative experience” at the horrific camp.
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The Ravens’ power brokers have vowed to learn from Betts and Jenkins’ experiences.
“We want everyone — players, coaches and staff — to reflect positively on their time with the Ravens, and we’re sorry that’s not the case for everyone,” Silvers and Olson wrote.
“It was heartbreaking to hear Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins talk about their experiences during the 2018 pre-season training camp on the Gold Coast, as well as the injuries they’ve been carrying.
“We apologize to Eddie, Josh and any player, coach or staff who had a negative experience during this time.
“Similarly, we are sorry to hear that Bryce Gibbs has expressed his sadness at the way events in and around the camp have been handled and the impact it has had on the squad.
“The most important thing we can do now is listen and offer our support.
“We know it will be difficult to continue as a club. Everyone will do it in their own time and in their own way, and we sincerely hope that the healing process will take place over time.”
“There has been a lot of change at our club over the past two years. In particular, the key leadership positions of chairman, chief executive, men’s head coach and head of men’s football have all changed.
“Recently there has been a culture change and the focus is on putting others first. It’s a real idea that extends beyond the football department and is seeded throughout our organisation. It’s a whole club approach.
“We are determined to emerge from this painful and challenging time and improve. While we cannot rewrite history, we are determined to learn from the past.
More to come.