Wed June 27, 2012 10:03pm
UPDATE: BROCK McLean has been given a suspended one game ban and fined $5000 by his club for making an offensive tweet.
He must also undertake an education program and will donate the fine to an appropriate charity.
McLean said in a statement he was obviously disappointed in the remark and responded to the tweet, but said it was no excuse.
''I realised soon after that my comments were not suitable and took it down and I sincerely apologise for offending anyone who read the tweet in the short time it was up,'' McLean said.
''The discussions with the club this morning were an important reminder of the possible ramifications of comments in social media and of remembering the added responsibilities that come with being a player with the Carlton Football Club.''
McLean's teammate Kade Simpson revealed today the Blues were briefed on what was acceptable to tweet as recently as two weeks ago.
Simpson said the reminder of what was acceptable came in the wake of the Jeremy Laidler and Marc Murphy tweets criticising the umpires in the Blues' loss to West Coast.
"We had a little chat a couple of weeks ago after Murph and Laids tweeted that stuff … he’s probably stepped over the line but we have a briefing about what should be said," Simpson said on SEN.
"Obviously commenting on umpires is out of bounds and obviously what Brock has done is the same.
"I’m sure he’s going to learn from it because the club will have a sit down and talk about what happened … and something will have to be done about it."
Simpson said he expects the leadership group would meet with football manager Andrew McKay to decide on the best action to take.