Western Bulldogs star midfielder Bailey Smith has been sanctioned for two games by the AFL for “misconduct.”
The action follows an AFL investigation after images and videos appeared on social media in late 2021 showing Smith wearing a white dust bag at a party; the 21-year-old later admitted to using illicit substances.
The ban is in addition to his two-match suspension for hitting Geelong’s Zach Tuohy on the head, so Smith will not be available for the Bulldogs until round 18.
The AFL said in a statement that Smith would also not be available to play VFL games during the period of his suspension.
The Bulldogs accepted the length of the ban and issued a statement saying they would continue to support Smith’s welfare.
“Bailey has shown clear contrition and remorse over the past few days, and has spoken openly and maturely about his challenges,” Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains said in a statement.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“We are pleased, however, that Bailey has taken unqualified responsibility for the mistake he made and intends to learn from him.
“We will continue to strongly support Bailey during this difficult period. Our primary responsibility to him and all of our players is to ensure that his health and well-being are protected.”
More to come.
Posted 41 minutes ago 41 minutes ago June 16, 2022 at 5:19 AM, last updated 33 minutes ago 33 minutes ago June 16, 2022 at 5:28 AM