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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Pie In Nightclub Altercation With Model

Regular commentator Ben Wallace wrote in to let us know about a skirmish at a Melbourne nightclub involving a Collingwood player and his model girlfriend. No, not that one! This is new. Let's see how the Hun is running the story:

COLLINGWOOD young gun Alan Didak was forced to leave an A-list nightclub after a confrontation with another patron following a fiery spat with his model girlfriend.
Didak, touted as a possible All-Australian after a stellar season, allegedly lunged at a man at Boutique in Prahran just before midnight on Saturday. Witnesses told the Herald Sun he and girlfriend Cassie Lane had been in a public screaming match.

The argument was said to have been heard by many regular patrons.

"It was obvious they were having a huge fight," one club patron told the Herald Sun.

A witness said the screaming match started after Lane began talking to another man. Didak, 23, then allegedly lunged towards the man.

Witnesses said security staff stepped in to defuse any possible trouble.(Herald-Sun, 14/8/2006)

We've seen how these public blues between footballers and the women in their lives often end up in court. It's not unexpected that you'd be frightened at the prospect of a pummeling from an enormous professional grid iron footballer. What a sec - did I say grid iron? Why, yes. Ms Cassie Lane has the dubious honour of representing New York in the Lingerie Bowl 2004. (Given how boring American football is, the poor sex-starved Americans get a little half-time show in the super bowl in case there are no wardrobe malfunctions to keep them, err, titillated.)

Now, I don't have any images of the actual stoush, but I'm surely not alone in hoping it involved the visually-pleasing spectacle of Ms Lane in full glamazon battle-dress stepping up ... something like this:

Sources: Times of India and Driver's Match Photos

I'm not sure that Boutique is the kind of club where lingerie football attire is accepted, but I'm sure if Ms Lane showed up in it there'd be no problems at the door. Hell, a quick perusal of her body of work suggests this outfit is the most substantial one in her wardrobe!

Where's all the agro coming from? I don't think it's just the fact that she's played football at a higher level than him. It seems to me that if you go out with someone who makes a living arousing people sexually (lingerie modelling, online nude spreads, Ralph magazine features) and providing the public with wank-fodder, then you really shouldn't be the jealous type. Am I wise beyond my years? Hardly. It's just common sense.

Still, I was disappointed with the response of the Collingwood Football Club to the incident:
Collingwood Football Club CEO Greg Swann last night said Didak had done nothing wrong in the eyes of the club on Saturday night. When asked if the club would be making a statement, Mr Swann said: "Nothing happened, so why would we? (Herald-Sun, 14/8/2006)

Because it's market sensitive information, you dolt! This is exactly the kind of news that clubs should be releasing to the market under "continuous disclosure" rules. Whether or not Didak is likely to be charged could influence prices on Collingwood's contracts significantly.

I see we're in for a long and painful process of educating clubs as to the responsible dissemination of information material to market prices.


Alan Didak gave away a few pointers about his argument's with Cassie Lane in an earlier interview:
Didak freely admits [Lane] intimidates him.

"She's a really smart girl, so when we have the odd argument, she uses big words to distract me and outsmart me, which frustrates me even more," he laughs. "It's good you know, because every now and then, she'll bring out this fact and I can sort of see the truth behind it." (The Age, 12/5/2006)

Why wouldn't he be intimidated? She's taller, older, smarter, better educated, played football at a higher level, better looking and more famous.

Could this explain the very odd - and public - argument at Boutique? Perhaps that's what happened the other night: too many big words and Didak got frustrated. Hence all the bellowing and intimidation. I wonder what some of those big words were? Anyone at the club - or adjoining suburbs - care to share?

Meanwhile, the rest of the interview contains wonderful stories of toilet-based pranking, Didak's failed website, the news that Cassie is studying - wait for it - PR and heaps of new-age sentimentality about how he's grown up. Geez, what was he like when he was still an arse-clown?

Citations: Herald-Sun, 14/8/2006; Herald-Sun, 14/8/2006; The Age, 12/5/2006

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  • AFL footballers need to learn that they might have wealth, they might play a physical sport and they might be in the public eye, but that does not mean they have absolute power and control over women, no matter how scantily dressed or slutty they might be.
    In an extreme way, I believe that aussie rules football is a form of child abuse. From a young age, young boys are taught by their fathers and peers that being a "tough", "fair dinkum bloke" requires playing a tough sport with your mates, getting drunk with your mates, preserving your toughness and manhood by smashing other men on and off the football field and that women admire and submit to tough, physical men. By the age of 15 or 16 when these young men are on the verge of AFL careers, they have already been indoctrinated into this mindset and are totally removed from socially accepted norms. Give them an extra few years, adulation from the media and public and a high salary, there is nothing stopping them from believing that their behaviour is normal and acceptable. This is why we also see their clubs, and the AFL itself refuse to take action or punish their players, as they themselves also believe that the behaviour of their players are absolutley acceptable and normal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:41 pm, August 19, 2006  

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  • Come on Greg, I didn't think you would stoop to this level. I mean you can understand the grubby papers trying to sell a few extra papers by putting a Collingwood Story (or un-story as this is) in it. You can even understand how they might put some sexy photos of a half dress girl on the cover to get the punters drooling over the paper while their waiting for the person in front of them to find the right change in the Milk bar. But you stooping to such a low level to have a go at the clubs for nothing? Come on.

    The guy had an argument with his girl in a night club. Whats wrong with that? It happens hundreds of times a week. From all reports that I have heard, there was not even a half suggestion that there was any violence or any other illegal activities.

    So the only story here is that Collingwood was involved. End of story.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:34 pm, August 23, 2006  

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  • I don't know where you drink, Molly, but I'm not sure that a public screaming match and "allegedly" lunging at patrons is all that normal.

    When was the last time you did that with your partner?

    So there's two reasons I ran it. Firstly, it's indicative of a particular mindset or mentality common to footballers. We've been over it before, and this is just more grist for the mill.

    Secondly, it could affect prices for people taking a punt on the next club in court. If Didak's the jealous type with a short fuse AND he's got a wank-inducing girlfriend - well, that's going to shorten the odds a little, isn't it?

    By Blogger Greg, at 8:05 pm, August 23, 2006  

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  • hmmmmm......
    No worries then. Have you thought of writing about English Soccer? They are much more interested in this gutter trash type of article then the average AFL fan.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:34 pm, August 23, 2006  

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  • If I were surrounded by crowds of moronic English soccer hooligans, keen to excuse the latest excesses of their "heroes" at the expense of decent people, then I probably would have a crack.

    But living next to the 'G, it's paying out on bogans, not chavs, I'm afraid!

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:28 am, August 24, 2006  

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  • Readers may be interested to know that Cassie Lane has shrugged off troubled Magpie Alan Didak. Perhaps it's that temper of his. Or maybe she's just enjoying playing the field.

    Certainly, the images of her single life on display in the press look staged. C'mon - revisiting Boutique (scene of above scandal) with a new fella? Smacks of "in your face" to me ...

    By Blogger Greg, at 10:10 pm, January 16, 2007  

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