Dustin Martin has revealed Bruce McAvaney’s ‘spooky’ obsession with the footy star at the Brownlow Medal count was ‘quite scary’.
McAvaney was slammed on social media after he repeatedly hovered over the notoriously shy Richmond star during the ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night.
Martin joked he would have given the veteran AFL caller one of his famous ‘don’t argues’ if he was drunk.
‘He just popped up out of nowhere. He gave me a bit of a fright. It was quite scary,’ he told The Footy Show on Thursday night.
Dustin Martin has revealed Bruce McAvaney’s ‘spooky’ obsession with the footy star at the Brownlow Medal count was ‘quite scary’
McAvaney was slammed on social media after he constantly hovered over the notoriously shy Richmond star
‘To be honest I didn’t know what was going on.’
Host of the Channel Nine program Eddie McGuire told Martin it would have been the perfect time to use his trademark fend off.
‘I probably would have if I was p***** but I was sober that night,’ he joked.
Martin made the the remarks after the The Footy Show panel agreed McAvaney was ‘a bit creepy’ as he repeatedly tried to interview the introverted star.
‘During the Brownlow evening, Bruce, he became a bit spooky and a bit creepy,’ co-host Sam Newman said.
‘He was hanging on to you like a limpet.’
Bruce McAvaney (centre) interviews Dustin Martin (right) of the Tigers at the 2017 Brownlow Medal
‘To be honest I didn’t know what was going on,’ said Martin, pictured right and left with singer Bonnie Anderson
Hundreds on social media agreed, with one writing: ‘I think Dustin Martin will get a restraining order on Bruce McAvaney by the end of the night.’
‘Bruce, leave Dusty alone for a minute,’ another said.
‘Disappointed that Dustin Martin didn’t give Bruce McAvaney a don’t argue as he walked off the stage just then,’ yet another wrote.
Martin won the prestigious award and was crowned the AFL’s best and fairest player with a record 36 votes.
His side, the Richmond Tigers, will go in as underdogs when they battle the Adelaide Crows in the Grand Final at the MCG on Saturday.
Martin won the prestigious award and was crowned the AFL’s best and fairest player with a record 36 votes
Hundreds took to social media to suggest McAvaney was over the top during the ceremony
This social media user wrote: ‘Martin deserved to win mostly for having Bruce continually sneaking up on him’
This viewer suggested McAvaney should have left the new Brownlow medallist alone on the night