Football fans and pundits alike are abuzz with Essendon BLANKING star Ben Rutten, but is it all as it seems?

Football fans and pundits alike are abuzz with Essendon BLANKING star Ben Rutten, but is it all as it seems?

Football fans and pundits are exploding over the shocking footage of Essendon BLANKING star Ben Rutten and saying it shows why the under-fire manager SHOULD be sacked – but is it all that it seems?

  • Nick Hind hooked from the pitch in Essendon’s win over North Melbourne
  • Bombers coach Ben Rutten called his player over to sit next to him for a chat.
  • Hind initially refused and when he sat down next to Rutten, he ignored him.
  • Kane Cornes has used the incident as proof that players have checked, but do these images tell the full story of this isolated incident?

Former premiership winner turned AFL analyst Kane Cornes has been criticized for using selective imagery to make Essendon manager Ben Rutten look bad.

Cornes posted a segment from the fourth quarter of the Essendon versus North Melbourne Round 20 match on Fox Footy.

In the scenes, Bombers star Nick Hind walks off the field and Rutten asks him to come over and sit next to him. Hind initially refuses, before finally sitting down next to his trainer, but completely ignores him as Rutten tries to give him feedback.

Rutten survived the ax at Essendon for his dismal season this week, but Cornes used the footage to show the players were “clearly gone”.

“You ask if the players have retired, this is round 20,” he said.

‘I’m not sure I’ve seen the vision of a player who treats a manager like that.

“He doesn’t want to sit next to Ben Rutten, but Ben Rutten says ‘no, sit here.'”

Rutten tries to talk to Hind

Hind completely ignores his coach

Essendon’s Nick Hind (pictured above) was carried off the field against North Melbourne after taking a hit to the head and then giving away a free kick for dissenting. He then ignored his trainer.

“He’s trying to give you some feedback, positive reinforcement and the Nick Hind disconnect on the exchange bench here, you can’t even look at it.

“So the players have clearly retired and their actions on the pitch show that.”

What the footage shown on Fox Footy doesn’t include, however, is what happened just before Hind left the field.

Hind had been hit hard with his head on the grass and was very slow to get to his feet as a result. As he tried to regain his composure, the referee signaled a free kick to North Melbourne.

A stunned Hind could be seen saying: ‘What for?’ and then he was removed from the field by Rutten.

It was a series of events that would have displeased any player, and several football fans criticized Cornes for taking his reaction to Rutten out of context.

‘So misleading. Those footage are from North’s game a few weeks ago after Hind gave away a goal for dissent after getting his head slammed into the turf without freedom,” one fan replied.

‘[Kane Cornes] is the new member of the selective vision club. If this was played 10 seconds earlier, you would see the back give away a free kick for dissenting and thus get dragged. I’d be embarrassed to look at the coach too after that. Don’t kick a man while he’s down,” another tweeted.

“Alternatively, he could be a bit shocked and a bit pissed off after being thrown to the ground headfirst with his arms pinned…and the free ones go against him for [dissent]. But you know it’s nonsense because it comes out of Cornes’s mouth,” another replied.

Rutten has been under enormous pressure this season as the Bombers have underperformed once again and the long finals drought continues for the embattled club.

Rutten has been under enormous pressure this season as the Bombers have underperformed once again and the long finals drought continues for the embattled club.

However, some fans said the context was irrelevant and criticized Hind for his behavior towards his coach.

“I don’t think the context matters…it’s poor and disrespectful of Hind,” one fan responded.

It is impossible to see. The immaturity shown by this player may be something he needs to address during the offseason,” said another.

‘I wouldn’t tolerate that from my under 12s. Appalling. I should get an absolute rocket,’ another raged.

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