When, in the heat of battle on the football field recently, AFL player Patrick McGinnity threatened to rape the mother of opposition player Ricky Petterd, it caused a furore.

“I was just a bit shocked. You don’t expect to hear stuff like that,” Petterd said.

“I had a bit of a chat to Mum. She’s fine. She understands football.”

While Petterd’s mother might forgive and forget, author and commentator, Jane Caro is not about to.

Here she writes exclusively for The Hoopla.