Sad to see that he declined the lap of honour on GF day
Yeah that sucks. Obviously it's his decision but I feel like it's a no-lose situation for him really, other than potentially having to endure the taunting (hear me out on this).
If people boo him during his lap of honor, then no one can possibly stand behind the defence of "I'm just booing him because he's a flog" etc. He's not out there playing, you're not trying to put him off his game. You are undoubtedly playing the man and not the ball. And if he can go out there regardless then I think he'd be firmly giving those people the middle finger and saying "I earned this", because he absolutely has. He deserves a lap of honour as much as anyone retiring this year. But ideally, if all is well in the world, then people wont boo him, they'll clap and cheer someone who is/was a truly great player of the game, no matter what team you support.