North Melbourne midfielder Jaidyn Stephenson, 22, has since backtracked and apologised for his 'ill-informed' comments while hosting a Q and A session with fans on his Instagram account on Wednesday night.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Stephenson claimed the pandemic was exaggerated by the media on a day Victoria recorded 10 new locally-acquired cases, amid fears Melbourne could be plunged into a fifth lockdown.
He urged fans during an online forum to ask him anything non-football when one quizzed him about his thoughts on Covid-19 vaccination.
Yong AFL star Jaidyn Stephenson (pictured with his mum) is no stranger to controversy
Stephenson showed no hesitation in weighing into the debate with his divisive views.
'Okay, pretty topical. I don't think some will like this answer,' Stephenson began.
'But I think the media overplays it a lot.
'If there's no media, then I don't think COVID's such a big thing. It's just my opinion - I don't want any replies.'
He quickly deleted the video and issued a grovelling apology, which also appears to have been taken down.
'I apologise for my