Dayne Zorko sledge, Harrison Petty, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne Demons, Dayne Beams, Instagram

Dayne Zorko’s predecessor as Brisbane Lions captain — Dayne Beams — has lashed the club’s decision to retain his former teammate as skipper in the wake of the sledge that left Melbourne’s Harrison Petty in tears.

Zorko addressed the incident, which occurred during Brisbane’s 58-point defeat to Melbourne at the Gabba on Friday night, in a compelling radio interview on Wednesday afternoon.

“At three-quarter time it was pretty evident that he made a beeline towards me, and I thought, ‘Wow. What have I said here that has triggered him off?'” Zorko told SEN.

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“Then obviously retracing my words and that was clearly something that was a trigger point for him, and for that I am extremely remorseful for.

“It was around that three-quarter time mark that I understood I had crossed the boundary.”

Beams took to Instagram to slam what Zorko said in his radio interview.

“Really? You wondered what you said?” wrote Beams, who played with Zorko at the Lions between 2015 and 2018.

“Embarrassing that he is still captain.

“Worst thing is I’m not even surprised.”

But Zorko isn’t necessarily the only bad guy in the saga, with the midfielder claiming his slur wasn’t “unprovoked” and “wasn’t said in isolation”.

“It was toing and froing for the majority of the game and, remorsefully, I accept that I’ve overstepped the mark,” Zorko said.

Lions captain under fire for sledge

Asked whether there were any comments directed at him that crossed the line, Zorko said: “Potentially. Potentially”.

Caroline Wilson backed up Zorko’s comments on Nine’s Footy Classified on Wednesday night.

“I’m told that some of the stuff said to Zorko was pretty disgusting,” Wilson said.

“If you were going to investigate what was said, you’d be more investigating what was said to Zorko about women in his life (which was) far worse than what was said to Petty.”

Despite the controversy, Zorko will captain Brisbane in its elimination final against Richmond at the Gabba next Thursday night.

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