Fallout at Adelaide Crows camp: Bryce Gibbs speaks of regret, red flags

The Crows camp ended careers and broke players’ trust in the football department, according to Bryce Gibbs, who has spoken of his regret at not speaking out.

Former Crow Bryce Gibbs says he regrets not speaking during the infamous pre-season camp in Adelaide and admits “it just shouldn’t have happened”.

Gibbs was a member of the camp team titled “Group 1” which also included Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins.

Betts and Jenkins spoke this week about how their personal pain and experiences during camp 2018 were used against them.

Speaking about SEN SA, Gibbs said it was “hard to explain what we saw” during parts of camp.

The ex-Carlton and Adelaide midfielder said players were told to have faith they would be fine and he actively attended camp to build relationships with his new team-mates.

Gibbs said while aspects of camp worried him, seeing more experienced teammates “switched off” kept him from raising any issues.

I felt like if I were to stand up and say something, how would I draw a lot?” he said.

Gibbs said some players have had much tougher experiences than he has and he feels he got off lightly after being more reserved in a pre-camp interview.

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“I regret not speaking out when I probably should have,” he said.

Gibbs said the players involved in the camp were “educated” during the camp on what to tell family members and teammates about what happened.

He said players were barred from commenting after the camp.

“It ended careers. You can’t erase from your mind the mental backlash it had for guys,” he said.

“Nobody knew the implications or what would happen if they came out and shared their experiences. That was hard.”

Gibbs said the camp left Adelaide’s playgroup fragmented and contributed to the club’s dramatic slide after he advanced to the 2017 Grand Final as a favourite. “I have no doubt that 2019 would have been very different if the 2018 camp had not taken place,” he said.

Originally released as Crows Camp Fallout, Bryce Gibbs reveals his regret at not speaking out Fallout at Adelaide Crows camp: Bryce Gibbs speaks of regret, red flags

Nate Jones

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