Former No. 1 AFL draft pick Paddy McCartin has copped a five-match ban after a bizarre excuse failed to save him at the VFL tribunal on Tuesday night.
Sydney forward McCartin was referred straight to the tribunal after he punched Geelong captain Aaron Black in their opening minutes of the reserves clash.
Footage, which can be seen in the video above, emerged on Monday of McCartin taking two swings at Black behind the play during the match at Tramway Oval.
The video shows him staggering backwards after McCartin landed the second punch flush on his jaw, but Black avoided injury and was cleared of concussion.
McCartin, 25, ran off to another contest and later in the match injured his hand in a marking contest.
The incident was graded intentional, severe impact and high contact, which McCartin’s defence team unsuccessfully tried to have downgraded in a bid to receive a three-week suspension.
McCartin delivered a heartfelt apology video on Tuesday where he admitted he’d “lost respect” in the football community over the incident.
At the tribunal, the diabetic blamed his behaviour on having low blood sugar before the game.
“In the lead up to this game my blood sugar ran unusually low,” he said.
“Just before I went to huddle I went to bench to check blood sugars as not feeling 100 per cent.
Blood sugar was 3.8. I was more agitated than normal.”
McCartin joined the Swans’ reserves for the 2021 VFL season, wanting to reignite a career that looked to be over after he suffered eight concussions while at St Kilda.
The key-position player is hoping to be picked up in the AFL mid-season rookie draft on June 2.
McCartin, who also suffered a thumb injury in the costly match, had otherwise made a very good impression on head coach John Longmire and other key figures at the SCG.
“It’s very disappointing for Patty. He’s a quality bloke, it’s very unlike him and completely out of character,” Longmire said.
“I’ve had a brief chat with him. He’s very remorseful. The main thing is Aaron is OK.”
Longmire noted McCartin’s thumb injury was sustained in a separate incident.
“He’s only played a couple of games … he was just getting back into it,” Longmire said.
“This will set him back a bit, we’ll wait and see how he goes after that.”
– with AAP