Australian Rules Football: Tony Lockett Flattens Opponent’s Nose
In his heyday, the man affectionately known as Plugger was no stranger to rough play, as the video of some of his greatest hits shows. However, it was a 1994 incident in which he played for St. Kilda against his Sydney was most controversial. Opinions were divided as to whether the sickening clash that left Sydney Swans defender Peter Caven with a flattened nose and shattered cheekbone was intentional. Check out the incident at 1:11 and 2:09 in the video below.
Aftermath: While some members of the public held divided opinions, the Australian Football League tribunal did not. Tony Lockett would later go on to become better known for his football skills as opposed to his rough play and become one of the most famous members of the Sydney Swans team. Lockett remains ashamed of the incident and of his football career, preferring to remember himself as “a thug who could play a bit.”