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Brownlow Medal 2021: Dane Swan’s Nadia Bartel jokes ‘censored’

Several jokes about Nadia Bartel’s white-powder scandal were censored during Sportsbet’s live coverage of the Brownlow Medal.

AFL legend and 2011 Brownlow medallist Dane Swan hosted his annual ‘takeover’ of Sportsbet’s Twitter account during Sunday night’s ceremony – but was gagged from making jokes about the embattled ex-wife of retired Geelong star Jimmy Bartel.

Nadia, formerly a star of the WAG scene who regularly attended the Brownlow for years, has had a spectacular fall from grace in recent weeks after she was caught snorting white powder at an illegal party during Melbourne’s lockdown.

As he fired off a slew of tweets mocking the AFL’s night of nights, the Collingwood great, 37, told fans ‘a lot’ of jokes about Nadia had been rejected by Sportsbet’s social media team.

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Fallen: Nadia, the ex-wife of Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel, was once a shining star of the WAG scene but is now shamed after a white-powder scandal. Pictured at the 2019 Brownlow Medal

Humiliation: Several jokes about Nadia Bartel’s white-powder scandal were censored during Sportsbet’s live coverage of the Brownlow Medal, hosted by former AFL player Dane Swan (left). Nadia is pictured right at the 2019 Brownlow Medal

‘PSA: I’m getting a lot of Nadia gags knocked back tonight,’ he tweeted. 

While his gags about Nadia didn’t make the cut, Dane did manage to squeeze in plenty of jokes about the players and WAGs.

‘Can vouch for winning a Brownlow makes you infinitely better looking. Guess nothing is changing for Clayton Oliver then,’ he said of this year’s winning player.

‘When did Nat Fyfe join the John Butler Trio?’ he added in another tweet.

Turning his attention to players’ performance, he tweeted of Geelong’s Gary Rohan: ‘[He] got more votes in that round than kicks in the entire finals series.’ 

Loose unit: AFL legend and 2011 Brownlow medallist Dane Swan (pictured) hosted his annual 'takeover' of Sportsbet's Twitter account during Sunday night's ceremony - but was gagged from making jokes about the embattled ex-wife of Jimmy Bartel

Loose unit: AFL legend and 2011 Brownlow medallist Dane Swan (pictured) hosted his annual ‘takeover’ of Sportsbet’s Twitter account during Sunday night’s ceremony – but was gagged from making jokes about the embattled ex-wife of Jimmy Bartel

Ouch: As he fired off a slew of tweets mocking the AFL's night of nights, the Collingwood great told fans 'a lot' of jokes about Nadia had been rejected by Sportsbet's social media team. Nadia is pictured with ex-husband Jimmy Bartel of the Geelong Cats at the 2010 Brownlow Medal

Ouch: As he fired off a slew of tweets mocking the AFL’s night of nights, the Collingwood great told fans ‘a lot’ of jokes about Nadia had been rejected by Sportsbet’s social media team. Nadia is pictured with ex-husband Jimmy Bartel of the Geelong Cats at the 2010 Brownlow Medal

Censored: 'PSA: I'm getting a lot of Nadia gags knocked back tonight,' he tweeted

Censored: ‘PSA: I’m getting a lot of Nadia gags knocked back tonight,’ he tweeted

Dane also joked about the ceremony being held in Perth, penning several tweets about Western Australia being shut off from the rest of the nation during Covid.

‘Big thanks to the country of WA for hosting AFL’s night of nights,’ he tweeted from his home in Melbourne.

Dane went on to complain about the length of the ceremony, while adding a witty reference to Victoria’s Covid ‘roadmap’.

Hilarious: While his gags about Nadia - who was caught snorting white powder at an illegal party during Melbourne's lockdown earlier this month - didn't make the cut, Dane (pictured with his Brownlow Medal in 2011) did squeeze in plenty of jokes about the players and WAGs

Hilarious: While his gags about Nadia – who was caught snorting white powder at an illegal party during Melbourne’s lockdown earlier this month – didn’t make the cut, Dane (pictured with his Brownlow Medal in 2011) did squeeze in plenty of jokes about the players and WAGs

Brownlow Medal 2021: Dane Swan's Nadia Bartel jokes 'censored'

Brownlow Medal 2021: Dane Swan's Nadia Bartel jokes 'censored'

Brownlow Medal 2021: Dane Swan's Nadia Bartel jokes 'censored'

Barbed: In addition to taking swipes at the players and their spouses, he also referenced the Brownlow being held in Perth and Meatloaf's infamous performance at the 2011 Grand Final

Barbed: In addition to taking swipes at the players and their spouses, he also referenced the Brownlow being held in Perth and Meatloaf’s infamous performance at the 2011 Grand Final

‘This night is dragging on so long, we’re going to need [host] Hamish [McLachlan] to give us a roadmap to get out of it,’ he wrote.

While many of his tweets were hilarious, it was the joke Dane didn’t make that drew the most commentary in the Twittersphere.

His tweet about his ‘Nadia gags [being] knocked back’ received hundreds of likes and attracted dozens of cutting responses from fans.

‘Snorted when I read this,’ tweeted one follower, to which another replied: ‘Was it off a Kmart plate?’

Scandal: Nadia (left), who was married to 2007 Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel (right) for five years until their separation in 2019, was caught attending an illegal party during Melbourne's Covid lockdown earlier this month

Scandal: Nadia (left), who was married to 2007 Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel (right) for five years until their separation in 2019, was caught attending an illegal party during Melbourne’s Covid lockdown earlier this month 

Nadia, who was married to 2007 Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel for five years until their separation in 2019, was caught attending an illegal party during Melbourne’s Covid lockdown earlier this month.

She and three other women were each fined $5,452 after damning footage of the party was accidentally posted on Instagram by her friend Ellie Pearson.

But the most humiliating part of the scandal was seeing Nadia, once known for her impeccably clean-cut image, snorting a line of white powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate.

While she wasn’t charged with drug offences because police couldn’t prove what she was snorting, the video nonetheless caused irreparable damage to her brand and she was dropped by major sponsors.

Caught on camera: She and three other women were each fined $5,452 after damning footage of the party was accidentally posted on Instagram by her friend Ellie Pearson

Substance: Nadia, once known for her impeccably clean-cut image, was filmed snorting a line of white powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate

Caught on camera: She and three other women were each fined $5,452 after damning footage of the party was accidentally posted on Instagram by her friend Ellie Pearson. Nadia, once known for her clean-cut image, was filmed snorting a line of white powder off a Kmart plate

Bad luck: While Nadia (left) wasn't charged with drug offences because police couldn't prove what she was snorting, the video nonetheless caused irreparable damage to her brand

Bad luck: While Nadia (left) wasn’t charged with drug offences because police couldn’t prove what she was snorting, the video nonetheless caused irreparable damage to her brand 

Just 24 hours after the video leaked on September 2, Nadia issued a grovelling apology on Instagram, where she has 568,000 followers.

‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions,’ she wrote.

‘I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future.

‘To my family and friends, my business partners and the public health workers trying to keep us all safe, I am embarrassed and remorseful.

‘I am truly and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust.’

In happier times: The Bartels are pictured at the 2010 Brownlow Medal

Memories: Nadia would often make the annual best-dressed lists. Pictured at the 2014 Brownlow Medal

In happier times: The Bartels are pictured at the 2010 (left) and 2014 (right) Brownlow Medal ceremonies. Nadia would often make the annual best-dressed lists

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