Mason Cox has revealed he sent a “severe” text message to the journalist who didn’t give him a single vote in the queen’s annual birthday clash.
At least Mason Cox can see the funny side of things.
Football fans and pundits were in disbelief when the Collingwood star missed out on the opportunity to receive the Neale Daniher Trophy for best on clay during the Feet’s victory over Melbourne in the annual Queen’s Birthday clash at the MCG.
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Everyone thought Cox was a lock for being named best on clay after leading the Magpies to an upset 26-point victory with 21 discards, eight marks and a career-high six scoring appearances.
Two members of the judging panel, AFL legends Matthew Lloyd and Cameron Ling, gave the American star the maximum of three votes, while the third judge, journalist Josh Gabelich, did not give Cox a single vote. .
Demon Clayton Oliver took home the gong, but while the AFL world was in shock, Cox isn’t taking things too seriously.
Talking about the latest episode of his podcast. The Mason Cox Showco-host Brayden Cocks asked the tall forward from Collingwood if he called the police about the “big robbery” at the MCG.
It turns out that Cox is a friend of Gabelich and asked for compensation for not being voted out.
“The guy Josh, who didn’t actually put me on the votes, I sent him a very stern text: I’m actually friends with him,” Cox laughed, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
“I was like, ‘How the hell does a real partner of mine just drop me out of the top three?’
“I know him. I actually met him for coffee because I’m doing some stuff for the AFL and he’s one of the guys that’s linked there.
“I gave him a stern text that night and said ‘lunch is on you next time mate.'”
Although he missed out on the Neale Daniher Trophy, named after the Melbourne icon who leads the fight to raise awareness of motor neuron disease, Cox was still recognized for his exploits on the field earlier this month.
The American stallion was awarded a perfect 10 in the queen’s birthday match by Collingwood coach Craig McRae and Melbourne’s Simon Goodwin in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award, five each.
“I have to admit I’m very proud of him and I told him how proud I am of him,” McRae said after the game.
“We live a long way back and to see him grow up… he has had many doubts.
“(When he’s confident) he gets taller and taller, he’s been very important to us in the last month.”
The Collingwood manager also predicted that Cox could spend more time in the ruck in future as the Feet mount a strong case in the final.
“I think ruck-forward is better than forward-ruck,” McRae said. “That’s the best position for him.”
With NCA NewsWire
Originally posted when Mason Cox sent a ‘severe’ text to the journalist who snubbed him on the AFL ‘robbery’