Tenisha Crook hits out at ‘putrid’ rumours
The partner of Richmond's Jack Higgins has hit out at a spate of "putrid" messages that linked her to retired defender, Alex Rance.
Higgins' partner, Tenisha Crook, wrote yesterday that they had been inundated with abuse and rumours, and pleaded for respect.
The 20-year-old reportedly uploaded the note to her private social media account.
Announcing his retirement, Rance said he wanted to focus on his family and Jehovah's Witness faith.
Ms Crook called out a lack of privacy.
"Absolutely disgusting that it has gotten to the point where I have needed to respond to this slander and defamation," Ms Crook posted on Instagram.
"I am horrified at the amount of (all male) putrid messages received in mine and Jack's Facebook and Instagram dms (direct messages).
"The lack of privacy Hig and myself/others have received is appalling.
"Football fans need to learn to respect the privacy of players and their families/wives and girlfriends (especially in the off-season).
"Yes, there is a spotlight put on players and their partners. However, there is absolutely no right to abuse, stalk us and make up rumoured stories.
"Jack and myself are extremely happy in our relationship.
"Please stop messaging us/commenting on our photos/posting rubbish about us on Twitter and continuing stupid misogynistic threads that involve other players and families."
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas took to Twitter seeking answers.
"Don't you want to hear from his teammates about reputedly the greatest defender of all time suddenly retiring and the impact of that?" Thomas wrote, adding that he had seen no comments.
A Richmond fan group on Facebook noted that Tigers forward Jack Riewoldt unfollowed Rance on Instagram and later followed again.
He has undergone two surgeries and has recovered well, with Richmond hopeful he will play football again.