Age newspaper, Nine’s Wide World of Sports program and two football journalists will issue apologies and retractions for articles and broadcasts about the Adelaide Crows’ controversial 2018 training camp.
- The Adelaide Crows held a camp on the Gold Coast after losing the 2017 AFL Grand Final
- Several players were upset with the way the camp was being run as the team faltered in 2018
- Nine will apologize for critical articles from Collective Mind, who ran the camp
High performance consultancy Collective Mind had taken legal action against Nine and journalists Caroline Wilson and Sam McClure over their reporting on the camp on the Gold Coast.
Several Crows players were upset with the way the camp was run, and the fallout was part of a terrible year for the team.
It came just months after the Crows’ 2017 AFL Grand Final against Richmond caused lingering tension within the playing group.
Last year, SafeWork SA cleared the Adelaide Crows of breaches of occupational health and safety laws after an investigation.
In a statement, Collective Mind said that after lengthy legal discussions, the media company and reporters agreed that the camp was organized in good faith and with the interests of the players in mind.
Nine will now withdraw 13 posts published between 2018 and 2021 and also pay legal costs.
He will apologize in The Sunday Age and on The Age and Wide World of Sports websites saying the company “apologizes and expresses regret if the posts have caused harm and offense” to Collective Mind and to its directors, Amon Woulfe and Derek Leddie.
Mr Woulfe and Mr Leddie have also called on South Australian Green MP Tammy Franks to withdraw comments she made in state parliament in July 2020 blaming their company for security concerns stemming from the camp.