Tom Lynch drama 'gets personal' as Richmond coach Damien Hardwick hits back at David Schwarz criticism

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The Tom Lynch striking drama has continued to divide the AFL world with Demons great David Schwarz having to defend his criticism against the Tigers star after coach Damien Hardwick came out swinging today.

Hardwick hit out at Schwarz's comments of Lynch's "boofhead" strikes on Sam Collins and Jarrod Witts in Richmond's win over the Gold Coast Suns which earned the forward two $1,000 fines.

In a strange tangent defending Lynch, the Richmond coach and former Essendon Bomber recalled his memories playing Schwarz in the 2000 AFL grand final.

"They should have a good, hard look at themselves as I guarantee a few guys making comments, and I'm looking at David Schwarz here - I played a grand final against this bloke - and 20 minutes into the game he was crying," Hardwick said.

"So he should have a look at himself at some stage."

Hardwick has defended Lynch of the striking incident. (Getty)

Schwarz didn't flinch despite being personally called out by Hardwick.

"I have nothing to sort out. You give and take it on and off the field. I have given it and now I need to take it," he told Fox Footy.

"I'm a big boy. I stand by what I said and I didn't take it personally what Dimma [Hardwick] said.

"He might have remembered the grand final differently because he was a winner. It's a long time ago and I haven't watched it back.

"Apparently it matters if you cry."

David Schwarz celebrates a goal in 1999 (Vince Caligiuri)

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