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Boak: It's about looking after Jack

Boak on FIVEaa - PTV Travis Boak speaks with Rowey and Bicks on FIVEaa.

FORMER Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak says the club will assess all the facts when considering whether Jack Watts should be punished over a video circulating on social media.

Watts was filmed in a public bar at Oktoberfest in Germany last October inhaling a legal substance made up of menthol, sugar and glucose off a woman’s chest.

The 27-year-old yesterday admitted it was a “shocking look”, apologising for the hurt it had caused to the club and its supporters.

Boak, who stood down as captain at the end of last season but remains a leader, says Watts is remorseful for his actions.

“I’ve spoken to him and the whole group has spoken to him and obviously we could see how upset he was and emotional he was with the video,” Boak said during an interview on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa.

“It’s obviously not acceptable, and he knows that and has admitted that, but from our point of view now, it’s about looking after Jack.

“He felt that he’d let the group down and let his family down so we’ve addressed that and now It’s about looking after him and making sure he’s ok.”

Boak said senior leaders at the club were still getting all the facts on the matter to determine whether a punishment was in order, and they would not rush the process.

And, he said the video’s distribution at the weekend is particularly disappointing, given Watts has made a number of positive changes in his life since the video was filmed.

“That video was obviously last October and he’s made a lot of changes in his life, a lot of positive changes, and that’s where he’s heading, and that’s been great so it’s been disappointing for this to come out now, we understand that and as a club we want to look after Jack as best as we can,” Boak said.

“He knew that he needed to make some changes in his life… and he was taking some steps forward.

“We understand that and we’ve seen that and it’s been fantastic so for this to come out now it’s hard for him knowing he’s made some big steps forward.

“Now we just put our arms around Jack and support him as best as we can and make sure his mental health is looked after.”

Boak also took aim at commentators who had attacked players for taking part in recreations outside of football, in the wake of Ollie Wines’ injury while water skiing.

An avid surfer, Boak explained players needed outlets to cope with the stresses of elite sport.

“It’s shocking to read because we’ve got to have a life,” Boak said.

“For Ollie, he’s been doing it all his life since he was a kid. A lot of us go out surfing throughout the league or ride motorbikes or go water skiing.

“Accidents do happen and it was an unfortunate one… but I went out surfing a few days later.

“More and more people, whether it be in life or in football, there are so many mental health issues that you need a release from, whether it be from work or for us from AFL, you just need that release.”