Demetriou gives Tigers a King hit
AFL boss Andrew Demetriou is at odds with Richmond over the issue of Jake King’s links with former Bandidos biker club sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell.
The league supremo is firmly of the view that AFL clubs should have a greater say on who their players associate with, especially in the case of the pacy Tiger.
King was captured on camera in late January chatting with Mitchell at Docklands. The pair had also been watching a women’s lingerie American football game at AAMI Park in December.
“My counsel to Richmond would be, ‘I think you do have a role’ in saying to your players who should and who you shouldn’t associate with,” Demetriou told Chanel Seven News.
“I think Jake King should seriously consider who he associates with and not put at risk the reputation of his club or putting himself in a vulnerable position.
Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale has previously declared he would prefer King does not mix with an outlaw bikie boss, but admits it’s a decision only the player can make.
“We never issued a warning to Jake about who he can mix with and who he can’t. We haven’t issued any bans. That’s away from the work place, his duty as a footballer,” Gale has told 3AW.
Demetriou reiterated his view that outsiders with ulterior motives were attempting to infiltrate the AFL, putting the integrity of the game at risk.
“It’s a serious issue because we know – we have intelligence – that people are trying to infiltrate the game, and some of them are not nice people … whether it’s to do with information sharing, gambling, illicit durgs, performance enhancing drugs.
“That is a fact.”
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