Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has lashed out at the medical profession after the retirement of Brisbane Lions star Jonathan Brown.
Brown, a club champion and veteran of 256 AFL games, announced his retirement after doctors insisted his penchant for slamming his head into the turf during matches was unhealthy.
“I had pretty strong medical advice this week that it was in my best interest to stop,” said Brown.
Jonathan Brown retirement “a tragedy”
No one was more upset by the news of the Jonathan Brown retirement than the Queensland Premier.
“It’s a tragedy,” said Mr Newman. “The Lions have lost their best player and it’s all the doctors’ fault.”
Although he respected Brown’s right to give in to pressure from doctors, the Premier said it was something that he would never do himself.
“Queensland doctors want me to quit too but I won’t.”
“And after what they’ve just done to Brownie, I’m even more determined to make sure I finish off every single doctor in Queensland once and for all!”
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