Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones believes new teammate Steven May was “stiff" to cop a one-week ban for his collision with Brisbane’s Jarrod Berry.
Jones doesn’t believe the incident should have been categorised as a bump.
“It’s contentious if you’re calling it a block or a bump,” Jones told SEN Breakfast.
“I think it was a block. I sort of understand the AFL’s stance around head knocks and the look of things, but I think you see those incidents, the action that Steve did, multiple times per game.
“We’re actually taught to do that as part of defensive skills so I think at times you’re going to have bigger guys run into smaller guys and the blow is going to look more significant than other times.
“My opinion is I thought he was a little bit stiff. We went in to try and fight it and they shut that down pretty quick so Steve will cop his week and hopefully we’ll get to see him in Round 2.”
The Demons take on Port Adelaide at the MCG in Round 1.
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