The Sydney Swans' $10-million-dollar-man, Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, has received a generous (if somewhat sportive) offer following an incident in Sydney.
Franklin made headlines earlier this week when the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving - a vehicle on loan to his TV presenter and model partner Jestina Campbell - struck four parked cars on New South Head Road in Rose Bay.
Former Australian touring car and Indy Lights racer, Paul Morris, has extended an invitation for Franklin to attend his Performance Driving Centre on the Gold Coast, in order to gain “the correct skills to handle difficult road situations”.
“We’d like to provide an open opportunity for Buddy to come and spend a day with us here at the Performance Driving Centre,” Morris said.
“A day of advanced driver training will also teach him correct attitudes when on the road, which will provide a safety net for his passengers and fellow road users.”
Morris said that advanced driver training is beneficial to all road users, not just Buddy Franklin.
“Buddy wouldn’t have got to where he is in the AFL world without having access to the best training methods and being shown how to be the best footballer he can be,” Morris said.
"Being a road user is absolutely no different. Everyone needs to be armed with the skills to ensure they are the most competent and safest drivers on the road.”
Franklin said that he was not speeding or using his mobile phone before the incident took place, and he satisfied the requirements of a roadside breath test when police arrived on the scene.
This week’s incident is not the first driving drama for Buddy Franklin.
The AFL star lost his licence for six months for exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h in 2012, while teammate Dan Hannebery crashed Franklin’s Mercedes-Benz last month.