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Mark Robinson called into question over ‘silly’ tweet about depression

The chief football writer at the Herald Sun has been called into question over an insensitive tweet about Collingwood’s Alex Fasolo.

The club announced this week that Fasolo was dealing with depression.

He was pictured training with the Magpies on Thursday, which prompted a tweet from Robinson.

“Good drugs – Clinical depression on Tuesday, training Thursday,” he wrote.

It quickly received backlash. Robinson has since deleted the tweet and apologised.

“It was a very silly thing to tweet,” Neil Mitchell said.

“One the best things you can do for depression is get out and exercise, be with your peers and get some support.

“The fact he’s got depression and training is not contradictory, whatsoever.”

The 3AW Mornings host said the tweet showed there was still a “frightening ignorance” around mental health.

“Mark is a good operator and a decent man, but that was a bad blue.”

The AFL has since released a statement.

“All of us in the community need to understand that seeking support is often the hardest and most difficult step for a person to take,” league boss Gillon McLachlan said.

“Collingwood’s Alex Fasolo has currently taken the step to say he needs help and his family, friends and club and the wider football community is rallying around him. Our responsibility as a community is to allow him, and all people, to seek the help they need.”

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