Mitchell crit­i­cised for jab ges­ture

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. Jor­dan Lewis has given Hawthorn team­mate Sam Mitchell a back­han­der for his Bombers jab jibe, an ac­tion that could land the vet­eran an AFL sanc­tion.

Mitchell made a mock in­ject­ing ges­ture aimed at Essendon play­ers in Hawthorn’s 38-point win, a clear ref­er­ence to the club’s 2012 sup­ple­ments scan­dal.

The in­ci­dent could yet land Mitchell a fine or sus­pended fine for bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

James Hird called the ac­tion “naive and id­i­otic” af­ter the match, and he wasn’t the only per­son lin­ing up to take a swipe at Mitchell.

Lewis sug­gested he was an­noyed the at­ten­tion from Hawthorn’s fourth-straight win had cen­tred on Mitchell, who at least apol­o­gised.

“I think its un­for­tu­nate we’re talk­ing about that rather than a pretty good win,” he told the Sun­day Footy Show.

“There’s al­ways go­ing to be peo­ple for and against.

“He’s come out and I think he’s done the right thing and apol­o­gised.”

Essendon tall Jake Carlisle put him­self firmly in the “no” camp when asked about it on Sun­day morn­ing.

The gifted swing­man, who was in a moon­boot with a pre­vi­ously undis­closed an­kle in­jury at the club’s train­ing base, said some ban­ter was fine but this crossed the line.

“It’s all right point­ing at the score­board,” he told AFL Game Day.

“It’s a game of footy, you’re not there to do stuff like that.”

Mitchell gave an in­ter­view af­ter the game when he ex­pressed his re- gret, say­ing it was a bad look for the game.

Lewis did sup­port his fel­low premier­ship midfielder, say­ing in­ci­dents like these came when you played at the very high­est in­ten­sity.

“If you want to play AFL at this level, some­times you step over the line,” he said.

“You don’t go out de­lib­er­ately to get re­ported or phys­i­cally tar­get play­ers but some­times it just hap­pens in the heat of the bat­tle.

“Some­times you can’t con­trol your­self out there.

“We play close to the edge, I think a lot of the re­ally good sides play close to the edge.

“Some­times you have that mo­men­tary lapse ... and it gets caught on cam­era.”

Hawthorn im­proved their win­loss to 8-4 with the vic­tory, while Essendon’s fourth-straight loss took them to 4-8. AAP

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Sam Mitchell’s mock in­ject­ing ges­ture aimed at Essendon play­ers has been la­belled ‘naive and id­i­otic’ by Bombers coach James Hird.

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