Collingwood Star Cops 22-Week Ban For Betting On Own Club's Matches
AFL star Jaidyn Stephenson will not play AFL football again until the finals.
The 2018 Rising Star Award winner copped a $20,000 fine for betting on AFL games involving his club, and was banned for 22 matches, but 12 of those games were suspended.
Anybody who works or plays for the AFL is forbidden from gambling on matches.
"This is the toughest penalty imposed under our wagering rules," said AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon.
The matches Stephenson bet on were against the Western Bulldogs in round four, Essendon in round six and St Kilda in round nine.
The three multi bets were worth a total of $36. Stephenson admitted his activity to the club and the league, after saying he felt uneasy.
Stephenson said the bets were "acts of stupidity".
In a statement, he said he is "embarrassed that I've let myself, my family, my teammates and our loyal fans down and I'm devastated that I won't be able to pull on a Collingwood jumper for the next 10 weeks".
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson said in a statement on the team's website that the "integrity of our sport is paramount and we all have a responsibility to protect our competition".
"Stephenson's decision to disclose his betting spoke to his good character but could not offset his poor judgement by gambling on matches that involved Collingwood."