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Dayne Zorko sledges Harrison Petty, what did he say, reaction, Brisbane Lions, punishment, captaincy

Richmond star Jack Riewoldt says Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko “went too far” on Melbourne’s Harrison Petty.

The Lions insisted they had “put the situation to bed” and would not issue a formal punishment to Zorko, words which Petty read in anguish and tears at last week’s Friday match.

Riewoldt, appearing on AFL 360, said Zorko crossed a line.

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“(Zorko has gone) too far,” he said.

“The difficult thing is that there are many people who are hurt by what he says about one person. That kind of situation annoys me more than anything else.

“Obviously if he had the time again I wouldn’t have done it and I regret it and he apologized but it’s a very bad thing to say.”

Riewoldt said there is a “code of conduct” among players and Zorko crossed the line with his comments.

AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson asked the three-time premiership Tiger if Zorko could use his slump to upset the Lions when his side meet in the grand final next week.

“Do you turn to that level and continue that trend, or do you park the bus and move on? I’m probably more of the bus than the park and I’m going to keep going,” he said.

Colleague and Geelong captain Tom Hawkins agreed that Petty’s interest should be left alone.

“As far as Harrison and his family are concerned … we’re definitely going to park that car and move on,” he said.

“He’s very polite when we talk about other people’s families. That’s where he hit the mark.

“I agree there is room for slippage in our game but there is definitely a line and Dyne admits he crossed that.”

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