Daniel Rioli’s girlfriend uploads sweet post after difficult week in the headlines

Paris Lawrence hadn’t weighed into Daniel Rioli’s foray into the headlines during the week but showed her support for the AFL star on Saturday night after he helped Richmond clinch a thrilling win over GWS.

Rioli booted the matchwinning goal as the Tigers beat the Giants 13.9 (87) to 12.11 (83) courtesy of a late fourth quarter surge.

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Rioli and Richmond teammate Shai Bolton were involved in a nightclub fight last weekend, which broke out because of another patron’s “inappropriate” act towards Rioli’s partner Lawrence.

The Tigers defended the duo, maintaining they were not in the wrong as Rioli ended up needing stitches to his face and Bolton fractured his wrist in the incident, putting him out of action for several weeks.

Lawrence, a DJ and Instagram influencer, hasn’t commented publicly on the brawl but paid tribute to Rioli on social media after he put the week of scrutiny behind him with a game-winning contribution on Saturday night.

She tagged her boyfriend in a video on her Instagram story celebrating the victory, with the caption “YTB!!” — meaning “Yeah the boys”.

Lawrence also posted a picture of a smiling Rioli, accompanied by an emoji with love-heart eyes.

Paris Lawrence showed Daniel Rioli her love.Source:Instagram

Lawrence is Rioli’s biggest fan.Source:Instagram

Rioli allegedly stepped in to defend Lawrence when she was the subject of “inappropriate behaviour” from another person at the Melbourne nightclub. He was reportedly then punched in the face and required two stitches underneath his eye, sporting a bruised look when he turned up to training on Tuesday.

Bolton intervened, which saw him fracture his wrist. Richmond CEO Brendon Gale wasn’t aware of specifics around how the injury occurred when asked by reporters during the week if Bolton had thrown a punch.

Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360, Richmond coachDamien Hardwick conceded the timing of the incident “wasn’t ideal”, but threw his support behind his players.

“A player’s partner was put in an inappropriate situation that she didn’t feel comfortable with, and Daniel (Rioli) stood up and tried to eradicate the situation (and) was punched in the eye,” Hardwick said.

“Once again I don’t condone violence, but the reality is, put anyone in that situation, they’re going to stand up for their partner and their mates. Shai was the same.

“It was a difficult situation, it’s not one ideally we want to be in, but the reality is we are where we are.

“We’ve spoken to the players at length, once again, we go through a thorough process.

“From our point of view, we’re backing the players. We’re disappointed that it’s come to that situation like we said. We don’t condone violence, but we understand these situations happen from time to time. Doesn’t make it right.”

Rioli stepped in to protect his girlfriend.Source:Instagram

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