In 1987, professional gridiron players from the NFL walked away from the game not long after the start of the season. Three games were played by replacement players.
Once the players got their way, or figured out that they were not as high and mighty as they perceived, they came back.
Is this the scenario we will see in the AFL when play resumes?
Not exactly, but many senior players from the AFLPA has determined that a worldwide crisis is an opportunity to do some sabre rattling.
The players held an online meeting Tuesday afternoon. The meeting took on a sour note when players did not appreciate the plan that would have them isolated for around five months in designated hubs.
The players’ beef is that their families would not be permitted to accompany them.
This is more the sort of thing we would expect from the NBA, where egos always trump the greater good, not the AFL. Richmond players were particularly adamant that the hub plan did not fit their visions of how the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition should be completed.
AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh would not supply many details, but he did say, “The players want to do everything they can and want to play their bit here, but there are significant issues that need to be worked through.”
The AFL itself is mum over revealing what date play can resume, but it is widely thought that the end of May is the target.
Most people involved with the AFL think that a hub system is the only way to restart the season, but the players view the isolation in hubs, such as Gold Coast and Sydney, is salt in the wounds on top of losing 50 percent of their salaries for the remainder of 2020.
We do not know which players are the ringleaders, but we would remind them of one pertinent reality of life for the professional footy player.
For every star who thinks the universe revolves around them, there is an entire galaxy of players who would bolt at the chance to grab a slot in the AFL.