McLean, who has been embroiled in a Twitter storm after engaging with an abusive fan last week, said he had been told to hang himself by one user following the controversy that led to the Blue being fined $5000 last week.
”My idea behind retweeting some nasty stuff that people tweet me is to let the supporters see some of the abuse that players do cop,” he said yesterday.
”Lucky I’m pretty thick-skinned and I take it with a grain of salt, but we talk so much these days about cyber bullying and it is a form of cyber bullying.
”I’d hate to see a couple of young players come through, who are on Twitter to try and engage with the fans to try and do the right thing, who might not be as thick-skinned and might take things [like that] a bit more to heart.
”It could end someone’s career or give someone depression if they’re constantly copping stuff like that.”
McLean, who was interviewed for the Carlton website, said it was a shame that people hid behind the anonymity of social media.
”I think it’s when people get personal that’s a real issue,” he said. ”If those people were face to face they wouldn’t say those things.
”We’re all tough guys behind a computer and behind an iPhone screen, but if they stood face to face with a player they’d probably tell them how much of a good player they are or how much of a good bloke they are.
”It’s a shame that some people are like that, but 99 per cent of the people that I connect with on Twitter are really good people and have got really nice things to say.”
McLean, who was fined for replying to one abusive message that he had contracted AIDS from the person’s mother, said he had learnt his lesson.
”I clearly overstepped the mark” he said. ”It wasn’t one of my proudest moments.”
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