Port Adelaide legend Warren Tredrea was a notable absentee from Channel 9 Adelaide news broadcasts last night after the station implemented a new Covid-19 vaccination policy.
It comes after Channel 9 introduced a dual mandate to immunize everyone at all of its sites nationwide.
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Tredrea was replaced on Monday by sports journalist Tom Rehn for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. broadcasts.
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Tredrea, a four-time All-Australian who played all 255 games of his AFL career for Power, including the team’s leading team captain in 2004, had previously described himself as “pro -choice ”regarding vaccinations against Covid.
Tredrea has worked for Nine Adelaide since 2013 and has also been a regular guest and expert commentator on radio station FIVEaa for the AFL season.
Speaking to the radio station earlier this year, Tredrea said he believes in an individual’s right to make their own choice.
“No I’m not, I’m fully vaccinated… but I’m not vaccinated against Covid,” he said in September. “Everyone has the right to what they want to do because it’s your body.”
Speaking of the double vaccination mandate for AFL players, he also said, “It’s individual situation and individual choice. So if a player doesn’t want to do it, that’s fine, it’s his decision. You shouldn’t be able to lose your job.
AFL policy is essentially no jab, no game as unvaccinated players will not be able to come to club or AFL premises, including to practice or play, unless they do not have a league-approved medical exemption.
Tredrea also called the vaccine “discriminatory” because certain religious and age groups cannot be vaccinated and said it should be a “confidential right” and people should be able to “make their own.” own choice and do their own homework ”. “
A spokesperson for Nine told The Advertiser that “the health and safety of our staff and the continuity of operations” were the driving force behind the new vaccination policy.
“As such, we are working to implement processes in our workplaces to ensure that we have positive confirmation of immunization status for everyone who comes to our sites across the country from December 1st for us. ensure we are operating within applicable health regulations, ”the spokesperson said.
Rehn spoke about FIVEaa’s breakfast with David Penberthy and Will Goodings and said he hopes Tredrea will return to the office.
It came after the hosts said they were hopeful Tredrea “would come to his senses and get stung.”
“It was a strange day for sure,” Rehn said.
“Warren is someone I consider a very close friend and a great person to work with. I hope he will be there
“As far as I know he is on leave at the moment, he was due to leave very soon anyway. Hope we see him again, he’s a Class A person, a fantastic guy to work with and a great team player.